Which is the most compelling pick right now? General Motors Company (GM) or PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL)

The shares of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) declined to -0.38% closing at the price of $34.12 whereas the shares of PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) declined -1.38% with the decrease of -1.16 points closing at the price of $83.18. General Motors Company has currently decrease -9.81% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival PayPal Holdings, Inc. added 10.63% 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 General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is 4.5% while the ROI of PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) is 11.2%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, GM’s EBITDA Margin is 6.55 whereas PYPL’s is 37.14.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) reported $1.81/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.78/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 1.7 Percent. While, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) reported EPS of $0.58/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.57/share depicting a Surprise of 1.8 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, PayPal Holdings, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than General Motors Company. so PYPL is more profitable than GM.

Technical Analysis of General Motors Company & PayPal Holdings, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the General Motors Company was in BEARISH territory and PayPal Holdings, Inc. was in BEARISH territory.

GM’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with LOW volatility. While PYPL’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: GM’s 10.4% versus PYPL’s 19.76%

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 General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is predicted at 10.4% while PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) stands at 19.76%. These numbers suggest that PYPL 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 GM stands at 0.9 while PYPL is at 1.4 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 2.72 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.13.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

Analyst Recommendations

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 2.3 for GM and 1.9 for PYPL which means GM has Hold rating whereas PYPL has Buy 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 GM is $45.47 which is 24.96% of its current price while PYPL has price target of 97.98 which is 15.11% of its current price.

Valuation Ratios

Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.

GM currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 8.09 whereas PYPL has 45.01 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 5.84 and for the later it depicts the value of 29.32.

The price to Book P/B for GM is 1.33, Price to Sale is at 0.34 and for PYPL these ratios stand at 6.58 and 6.87.