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Match Group's (NASDAQ:MTCH) one-year decline in earnings translates into losses for shareholders

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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. Unfortunately the Match Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTCH) share price slid 48% over twelve months. That contrasts poorly with the market decline of 10%. Match Group may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. Furthermore, it's down 36% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

The recent uptick of 3.0% could be a positive sign of things to come, so let's take a lot at historical fundamentals.

See our latest analysis for Match Group

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.

Unfortunately Match Group reported an EPS drop of 57% for the last year. We note that the 48% share price drop is very close to the EPS drop. Given the lower EPS we might have expected investors to lose confidence in the stock, but that doesn't seemed to have happened. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.

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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It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Match Group's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Match Group shareholders are down 48% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 10%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 36% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 6 warning signs for Match Group (1 is significant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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

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