The shares of PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) and STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) soared to 0.97% closing at the price of $30.29 whereas the shares of STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) declined -3.83% with the decrease of -0.7 points closing at the price of $17.56. PPL Corporation has currently increase 7.6% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival STMicroelectronics N.V. subtracted -16.9% in the previous 6-months.
Now we have to analyze the facts that if the stocks were worthy off investors’ money? The facts to analyze here are risks, profitability, returns and price trends.
Returns and Profitability
Profitability and returns are the main reason of investment, the investors are looking for profits that they get and return they should expect over the period of time.
The first and foremost return that is considered while making an investment is the ROI or Return on Investment. The ROI is the ratio between the profit against the cost of investment. Currently the ROI of PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) is 8.1% while the ROI of STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) is 11.3%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, PPL’s EBITDA Margin is 9.6 whereas STM’s is 8.32.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) and STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM).
EPS & Surprise Factor
PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) reported $0.55/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.54/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 1.9 Percent. While, STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) reported EPS of $0.29/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.28/share depicting a Surprise of 3.6 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, STMicroelectronics N.V. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than PPL Corporation. so STM is more profitable than PPL.
Technical Analysis of PPL Corporation & STMicroelectronics N.V.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the PPL Corporation was in BULLISH territory and STMicroelectronics N.V. was in BEARISH territory.
PPL’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While STM’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: PPL’s 4.27% versus STM’s 49%
Another shareholder value can be analyzed through the EPS growth rate; the next 5 years EPS growth rate is predicted by the analysts after the analyzing the previous trends. The next 5 year EPS growth rate of PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) is predicted at 4.27% while STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) stands at 49%. These numbers suggest that STM is more suitable investment in terms of EPS growth rate.
Financial Risk and Liquidity Concerns
The current ratio and the debt ratio are the two ratios that show the investor how quickly the company is able to payout its debt and how quickly it can cover its obligations. The current ratio of PPL stands at 0.6 while STM is at 2.4 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.98 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.31.
The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.
While making an investment, another main factor to consider before investing is the analyst recommendation on the scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is strong buy, 2 is buy, 3 is hold, 4 is Sell and 5 is strong sell. Analyst recommend 2.5 for PPL and 2.3 for STM which means PPL has Hold rating whereas STM has Hold rating.
Another recommendation of analyst that is to be considered worthy is the price target. The mare price or price trend does not suggest the suitability of a stock. The price target set by analyst is also to be considered while investing as it suggests to what extent the stock will rise or fall in the near future. The price target set for PPL is $31.27 which is 3.13% of its current price while STM has price target of 26.53 which is 33.81% of its current price.
Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.
PPL currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 12.21 whereas STM has 16.02 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 12.45 and for the later it depicts the value of 11.78.
The price to Book P/B for PPL is 1.88, Price to Sale is at 2.71 and for STM these ratios stand at 2.82 and 1.83.