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AMP Limited (ASX:AMP) share price slumps lower as ASX 200 index falls 44 points

The AMP Limited (ASX:AMP) share price has lost 7 cents or 2.05 per cent on Wednesday, with AMP shares trading at $3.58 as at 13:05.

Today’s move in the AMP Limited share price comes on a tough day for the stock market, with the S&P/ASX 200 Index losing 44.10 points or 0.71 per cent to trade at 6214.00.

It has been a very tough 12 months for shareholders in the AMP Limited.

Over the past year the AMP Limited share price has lost 30.98 per cent. This compares unfavourably to gains of 7.81 per cent for the S&P/ASX 200 Index over the same period.

The stock is currently trading towards the bottom end of its 52 week range.

AMP Limited Revenue profile

Revenue growth gives a good indication of a company’s health.

From an investing perspective, ideally you want to see a company that is growing its revenues year over year.

That said, some companies can have lumpy revenue profiles, especially mining shares, who are subject to the vagaries of underlying commodity prices.

Other reasons why companies may not be growing revenues include size, sector and competition. Even the very best companies can have setbacks!

AMP Limited Dividends

A dividend payment is a way for shareholders to share in a company’s profits.

Many profitable ASX companies pay dividends, usually in the form of an interim dividend and a final dividend. Some companies also pay special dividends.

Some loss-making companies and fast growing companies don’t pay dividends.

Looking at AMP Limited, over the over the past 12 months the company has paid dividends of 29.00 cents per share. With AMP Limited shares currently trading at $3.58, AMP shares trade on a dividend yield of 8.11 per cent.

AMP Limited Valuation

The price to earnings ratio (P/E) is commonly used to measure a company’s value.

Put simply, if a company is currently trading at a multiple (P/E) of 18, the interpretation is that an investor is willing to pay $18 today for $1 of current earnings.

The lower a company’s P/E ratio, generally the cheaper the company.

That said, there is no hard and fast rule for valuing a company. A company with a low P/E ratio may be a lower quality company, or about to downgrade its earnings. A company with a high P/E ratio may be a fast growing company with a long growth runway ahead.

AMP Limited shares currently trade on a trailing P/E ratio of 12.54 times earnings. The company has a current market capitalisation of $10.53 billion.

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