Which is the most compelling pick right now? Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (WMB) or Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)

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The shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) declined to -2.24% closing at the price of $26.59 whereas the shares of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) soared 3.56% with the increase of 1.77 points closing at the price of $51.48. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) has currently increase 5.73% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Delta Air Lines, Inc. subtracted -2.72% 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 Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) is 3.1% while the ROI of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is 19.4%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, WMB’s EBITDA Margin is 14.05 whereas DAL’s is 5.87.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL).

EPS & Surprise Factor

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) reported $0.16/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.18/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -11.1 Percent. While, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) reported EPS of $1.83/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $1.74/share depicting a Surprise of 5.2 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Delta Air Lines, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Williams Companies, Inc. (The). so DAL is more profitable than WMB.

Technical Analysis of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) & Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Williams Companies, Inc. (The) was in BEARISH territory and Delta Air Lines, Inc. was in BEARISH territory.

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

EPS Growth Rate: WMB’s 10% versus DAL’s 16.4%

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 Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) is predicted at 10% while Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) stands at 16.4%. These numbers suggest that DAL 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 WMB stands at 0.8 while DAL is at 0.4 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 2.28 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.77.

The values of the both ratios suggest that WMB 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 1.9 for WMB and 1.6 for DAL which means WMB has Buy rating whereas DAL has Buy 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 WMB is $34.17 which is 22.18% of its current price while DAL has price target of 68.07 which is 24.37% 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.

WMB currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 295.44 whereas DAL has 10.51 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 27.22 and for the later it depicts the value of 7.95.

The price to Book P/B for WMB is 2.36, Price to Sale is at 3.9 and for DAL these ratios stand at 2.78 and 0.84.