Which is the most compelling pick right now? Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR) or Qurate Retail, Inc. (QRTEA)

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The shares of Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) and Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) declined to -0.17% closing at the price of $28.76 whereas the shares of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) declined -0.95% with the decrease of -0.2 points closing at the price of $20.85. Juniper Networks, Inc. has currently increase 16.48% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Qurate Retail, Inc. subtracted -16.53% 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 Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) is 9.3% while the ROI of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) is 4.9%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, JNPR’s EBITDA Margin is 9.86 whereas QRTEA’s is 9.23.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) reported $0.48/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.44/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 9.1 Percent. While, Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) reported EPS of $0.45/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.46/share depicting a Surprise of -2.2 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Juniper Networks, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Qurate Retail, Inc.. so JNPR is more profitable than QRTEA.

Technical Analysis of Juniper Networks, Inc. & Qurate Retail, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Juniper Networks, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Qurate Retail, Inc. was in BEARISH territory.

JNPR’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM volatility. While QRTEA’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: JNPR’s 13.55% versus QRTEA’s 12.6%

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 Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) is predicted at 13.55% while Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTEA) stands at 12.6%. These numbers suggest that JNPR 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 JNPR stands at 2.3 while QRTEA is at 1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.48 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.35.

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 2.9 for JNPR and 2.1 for QRTEA which means JNPR has Hold rating whereas QRTEA 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 JNPR is $27.39 which is -5% of its current price while QRTEA has price target of 29.38 which is 29.03% 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.

JNPR currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 23.17 whereas QRTEA has 9.48 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 14.12 and for the later it depicts the value of 9.85.

The price to Book P/B for JNPR is 2.27, Price to Sale is at 2.09 and for QRTEA these ratios stand at 1.71 and 0.81.