Two Worthy Stocks for investors: Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY), Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA)

The shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) and Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) declined to -1.78% closing at the price of $76.53 whereas the shares of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) soared 7.51% with the increase of 0.32 points closing at the price of $4.58. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has currently increase 3.94% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Ascena Retail Group, Inc. added 106.31% 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 Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) is 2.2% while the ROI of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is 1.1%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, OXY’s EBITDA Margin is 10.42 whereas ASNA’s is 3.73.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) reported $1.1/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.21/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -9.1 Percent. While, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) reported EPS of $0.07/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.02/share depicting a Surprise of 250 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Occidental Petroleum Corporation. so ASNA is more profitable than OXY.

Technical Analysis of Occidental Petroleum Corporation & Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Occidental Petroleum Corporation was in BEARISH territory and Ascena Retail Group, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.

OXY’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While ASNA’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: OXY’s 68.53% versus ASNA’s 21%

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 Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) is predicted at 68.53% while Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) stands at 21%. These numbers suggest that OXY 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 OXY stands at 1.4 while ASNA is at 1.2 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.66.

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 2.1 for OXY and 3.4 for ASNA which means OXY has Hold rating whereas ASNA has Sell 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 OXY is $96.36 which is 20.58% of its current price while ASNA has price target of 3.5 which is -30.86% 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.

OXY currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 26.42 whereas ASNA has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 13.34 and for the later it depicts the value of 93.47.

The price to Book P/B for OXY is 2.8, Price to Sale is at 4.05 and for ASNA these ratios stand at 1.13 and 0.13.