Which Stock will you hold for a while? Citigroup Inc. (C) or Nokia Corporation (NOK)

The shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) and Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) soared to 0.23% closing at the price of $72.59 whereas the shares of Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) declined -1.12% with the decrease of -0.06 points closing at the price of $5.32. Citigroup Inc. has currently increase 2.95% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Nokia Corporation subtracted -3.62% 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 Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) is 7.6% while the ROI of Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) is -4.5%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, C’s EBITDA Margin is NOT AVAILABLE whereas NOK’s is 9.19.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) reported $1.63/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.56/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 4.5 Percent. While, Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) reported EPS of $0.04/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.04/share depicting a Surprise of 0 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Citigroup Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Nokia Corporation. so C is more profitable than NOK.

Technical Analysis of Citigroup Inc. & Nokia Corporation

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Citigroup Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Nokia Corporation was in BEARISH territory.

C’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with LOW volatility. While NOK’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: C’s 12.8% versus NOK’s 17.18%

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 Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) is predicted at 12.8% while Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) stands at 17.18%. These numbers suggest that NOK 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 C stands at 0 while NOK is at 1.4 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.23 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.26.

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 2.1 for C and 2.5 for NOK which means C has Hold rating whereas NOK 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 C is $84.73 which is 14.33% of its current price while NOK has price target of 6.69 which is 20.48% 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.

C currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 11.84 whereas NOK has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 9.63 and for the later it depicts the value of 14.66.

The price to Book P/B for C is 1.01, Price to Sale is at 2.8 and for NOK these ratios stand at 1.72 and 1.18.