The shares of Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) and Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) soared to 0.91% closing at the price of $82.14 whereas the shares of Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) soared 6.04% with the increase of 0.36 points closing at the price of $6.32. Duke Energy Corporation has currently increase 5.96% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Akorn, Inc. subtracted -65.67% 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 Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is 4.7% while the ROI of Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) is -0.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, DUK’s EBITDA Margin is 11.1 whereas AKRX’s is 19.94.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) and Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) reported $0.93/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.02/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -8.8 Percent. While, Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) reported EPS of $0.16/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.11/share depicting a Surprise of 45.5 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Akorn, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Duke Energy Corporation. so AKRX is more profitable than DUK.
Technical Analysis of Duke Energy Corporation & Akorn, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Duke Energy Corporation was in BULLISH territory and Akorn, Inc. was in BEARISH territory.
DUK’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While AKRX’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: DUK’s 4.13% versus AKRX’s 15%
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 Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is predicted at 4.13% while Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX) stands at 15%. These numbers suggest that AKRX 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 DUK stands at 0.7 while AKRX is at 3.9 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.32 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.13.
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 2.6 for DUK and 2.9 for AKRX which means DUK has Hold rating whereas AKRX 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 DUK is $84.69 which is 3.01% of its current price while AKRX has price target of 8 which is 21% 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.
DUK currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 21.53 whereas AKRX has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 16.53 and for the later it depicts the value of 13.5.
The price to Book P/B for DUK is 1.36, Price to Sale is at 2.39 and for AKRX these ratios stand at 1.1 and 1.04.