The shares of FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) soared to 0.18% closing at the price of $38.05 whereas the shares of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) soared 0.79% with the increase of 0.22 points closing at the price of $27.95. FirstEnergy Corporation has currently increase 10.64% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival CenterPoint Energy, Inc. added 3.14% 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 FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) is -2.9% while the ROI of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) is 4.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, FE’s EBITDA Margin is 8.88 whereas CNP’s is 8.74.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP).
EPS & Surprise Factor
FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) reported $0.62/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.53/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 17 Percent. While, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) reported EPS of $0.3/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.32/share depicting a Surprise of -6.3 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, FirstEnergy Corporation tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than CenterPoint Energy, Inc.. so FE is more profitable than CNP.
Technical Analysis of FirstEnergy Corporation & CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the FirstEnergy Corporation was in BULLISH territory and CenterPoint Energy, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.
FE’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While CNP’s candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM.
EPS Growth Rate: FE’s -6.92% versus CNP’s 8.92%
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 FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) is predicted at -6.92% while CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) stands at 8.92%. These numbers suggest that CNP 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 FE stands at 0.5 while CNP is at 1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 2.55 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.91.
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 2.1 for FE and 2.6 for CNP which means FE has Hold rating whereas CNP 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 FE is $39.47 which is 3.6% of its current price while CNP has price target of 29.38 which is 4.87% 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.
FE currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas CNP has 27.46 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 15.3 and for the later it depicts the value of 16.56.
The price to Book P/B for FE is 2.41, Price to Sale is at 1.41 and for CNP these ratios stand at 2.59 and 1.2.