The shares of Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) and Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) declined to -3.92% closing at the price of $3.68 whereas the shares of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) soared 1.12% with the increase of 0.56 points closing at the price of $50.64. Iamgold Corporation has currently decrease -32.23% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) subtracted -1.73% 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 Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) is 14.5% while the ROI of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) is 5%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, IAG’s EBITDA Margin is 4.02 whereas HIG’s is 7.91.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) and Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) reported $-0.03/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.02/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -250 Percent. While, Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) reported EPS of $1.13/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $1.03/share depicting a Surprise of 9.7 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Iamgold Corporation. so HIG is more profitable than IAG.
Technical Analysis of Iamgold Corporation & Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The)
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Iamgold Corporation was in BULLISH territory and Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) was in BULLISH territory.
IAG’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While HIG’s candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM.
EPS Growth Rate: IAG’s 3% versus HIG’s 20.06%
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 Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) is predicted at 3% while Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) stands at 20.06%. These numbers suggest that HIG 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 IAG stands at 4.7 while HIG is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.14 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.37.
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 2.2 for IAG and 2.5 for HIG which means IAG has Hold rating whereas HIG 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 IAG is $7.65 which is 51.9% of its current price while HIG has price target of 59.13 which is 14.36% 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.
IAG currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 60.33 whereas HIG has 13.82 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 22.04 and for the later it depicts the value of 10.15.
The price to Book P/B for IAG is 0.61, Price to Sale is at 1.49 and for HIG these ratios stand at 1.45 and 1.