The shares of Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) soared to 0.19% closing at the price of $5.28 whereas the shares of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) declined -0.6% with the decrease of -0.32 points closing at the price of $53.19. Southwestern Energy Company has currently increase 23.65% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Wells Fargo & Company added 1.8% 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 Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) is 11.8% while the ROI of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is 9.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, SWN’s EBITDA Margin is 4.77 whereas WFC’s is NOT AVAILABLE.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) reported $0.18/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.16/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 12.5 Percent. While, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported EPS of $0.98/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $1.12/share depicting a Surprise of -12.5 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Southwestern Energy Company tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Wells Fargo & Company. so SWN is more profitable than WFC.
Technical Analysis of Southwestern Energy Company & Wells Fargo & Company
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Southwestern Energy Company was in BEARISH territory and Wells Fargo & Company was in BEARISH territory.
SWN’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While WFC’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.
EPS Growth Rate: SWN’s 2.64% versus WFC’s 9.6%
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 Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) is predicted at 2.64% while Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) stands at 9.6%. These numbers suggest that WFC 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 SWN stands at 0.7 while WFC is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.22.
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 3 for SWN and 2.5 for WFC which means SWN has Hold rating whereas WFC 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 SWN is $6.22 which is 15.11% of its current price while WFC has price target of 62.3 which is 14.62% 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.
SWN currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 5 whereas WFC has 15.29 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 6.65 and for the later it depicts the value of 10.27.
The price to Book P/B for SWN is 1.36, Price to Sale is at 0.94 and for WFC these ratios stand at 1.44 and 4.2.