Which Stock Worth Selling? Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) or KB Home (KBH)

The shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) and KB Home (NYSE:KBH) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) declined to -0.13% closing at the price of $69.41 whereas the shares of KB Home (NYSE:KBH) declined -3.95% with the decrease of -0.92 points closing at the price of $22.36. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has currently increase 5.04% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival KB Home subtracted -21.05% 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 Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) is 10.6% while the ROI of KB Home (NYSE:KBH) is 4.3%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, A’s EBITDA Margin is 18.67 whereas KBH’s is 9.52.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) reported $0.67/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.63/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 6.3 Percent. While, KB Home (NYSE:KBH) reported EPS of $0.87/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.77/share depicting a Surprise of 13 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, KB Home tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Agilent Technologies, Inc.. so KBH is more profitable than A.

Technical Analysis of Agilent Technologies, Inc. & KB Home

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While KB Home (NYSE:KBH) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Agilent Technologies, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and KB Home was in BEARISH territory.

A’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM volatility. While KBH’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.

EPS Growth Rate: A’s 10.84% versus KBH’s 21.49%

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 Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) is predicted at 10.84% while KB Home (NYSE:KBH) stands at 21.49%. These numbers suggest that KBH 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 A stands at 3.6 while KBH is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.39 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.23.

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 1.6 for A and 2.8 for KBH which means A has Buy rating whereas KBH 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 A is $78.79 which is 11.91% of its current price while KBH has price target of 29 which is 22.9% 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.

A currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 27.17 whereas KBH has 8.28 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 23.39 and for the later it depicts the value of 6.97.

The price to Book P/B for A is 4.87, Price to Sale is at 4.62 and for KBH these ratios stand at 1.02 and 0.43.