Those who invested in Yelp (NYSE:YELP) a year ago are up 75%

Yelp Inc. Class A -1.67%

Yelp Inc. Class A

YELP

39.38

-1.67%

These days it's easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP) share price is up 75% in the last 1 year, clearly besting the market return of around 24% (not including dividends). That's a solid performance by our standards! Looking back further, the stock price is 45% 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.

View our latest analysis for Yelp

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

Yelp was able to grow EPS by 140% in the last twelve months. This EPS growth is significantly higher than the 75% increase in the share price. So it seems like the market has cooled on Yelp, despite the growth. Interesting.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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NYSE:YELP Earnings Per Share Growth December 29th 2023

We know that Yelp has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Yelp stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Yelp has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 75% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 7%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

Of course Yelp 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 American exchanges.

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