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Investing in Ceres Global Ag (TSE:CRP) a year ago would have delivered you a 20% gain

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On average, over time, stock markets tend to rise higher. This makes investing attractive. But if you choose that path, you're going to buy some stocks that fall short of the market. For example, the Ceres Global Ag Corp. (TSE:CRP), share price is up over the last year, but its gain of 20% trails the market return. The longer term returns have not been as good, with the stock price only 10% higher than it was three years ago.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

See our latest analysis for Ceres Global Ag

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Ceres Global Ag was able to grow EPS by 171% in the last twelve months. This EPS growth is significantly higher than the 20% increase in the share price. So it seems like the market has cooled on Ceres Global Ag, despite the growth. Interesting. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 9.93.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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earnings-per-share-growth

This free interactive report on Ceres Global Ag's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Ceres Global Ag provided a TSR of 20% over the last twelve months. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 2% endured over half a decade. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Ceres Global Ag better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Ceres Global Ag that you should be aware of before investing here.

Of course Ceres Global Ag may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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