Long-Term Investment or Short-Term? Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), IHS Markit Ltd. (INFO)

The shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) and IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) declined to -1.75% closing at the price of $79.64 whereas the shares of IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO) declined -1.29% with the decrease of -0.66 points closing at the price of $50.48. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. has currently decrease -2.84% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival IHS Markit Ltd. added 4.04% 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 Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) is 17% while the ROI of IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO) is 4.7%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, MMC’s EBITDA Margin is 13.49 whereas INFO’s is 21.17.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) and IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO).

EPS & Surprise Factor

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) reported $1.1/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.11/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -0.9 Percent. While, IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO) reported EPS of $0.58/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.55/share depicting a Surprise of 5.5 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, IHS Markit Ltd. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.. so INFO is more profitable than MMC.

Technical Analysis of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. & IHS Markit Ltd.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and IHS Markit Ltd. was in BEARISH territory.

MMC’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While INFO’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: MMC’s 10.89% versus INFO’s 12.18%

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 Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) is predicted at 10.89% while IHS Markit Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFO) stands at 12.18%. These numbers suggest that INFO 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 MMC stands at 1.5 while INFO is at 0.4 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.81 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.77.

The values of the both ratios suggest that MMC is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.

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 2.5 for MMC and 2.2 for INFO which means MMC has Hold rating whereas INFO 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 MMC is $91.85 which is 13.29% of its current price while INFO has price target of 58.53 which is 13.75% 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.

MMC currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 19.46 whereas INFO has 47.89 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 16.96 and for the later it depicts the value of 19.53.

The price to Book P/B for MMC is 5.23, Price to Sale is at 2.74 and for INFO these ratios stand at 2.51 and 5.12.