The shares of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) and The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) declined to -3.73% closing at the price of $20.14 whereas the shares of The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) declined -2.94% with the decrease of -1.46 points closing at the price of $48.13. CenturyLink, Inc. has currently increase 18.12% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival The Charles Schwab Corporation subtracted -5.7% 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 CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) is 2.9% while the ROI of The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) is 1.2%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, CTL’s EBITDA Margin is 8.01 whereas SCHW’s is NOT AVAILABLE.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) and The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW).
EPS & Surprise Factor
CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) reported $0.26/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.25/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 4 Percent. While, The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) reported EPS of $0.6/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.58/share depicting a Surprise of 3.4 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, CenturyLink, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than The Charles Schwab Corporation. so CTL is more profitable than SCHW.
Technical Analysis of CenturyLink, Inc. & The Charles Schwab Corporation
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the CenturyLink, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and The Charles Schwab Corporation was in BULLISH territory.
CTL’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While SCHW’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: CTL’s 0% versus SCHW’s 28.7%
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 CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) is predicted at 0% while The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) stands at 28.7%. These numbers suggest that SCHW 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 CTL stands at 1 while SCHW is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.62 while the debt ratio of the later is 11.89.
The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.
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 2.6 for CTL and 2.3 for SCHW which means CTL has Hold rating whereas SCHW 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 CTL is $21.44 which is 6.06% of its current price while SCHW has price target of 59.85 which is 19.58% of its current price.
Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.
CTL currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 35.33 whereas SCHW has 23.97 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 16.4 and for the later it depicts the value of 16.67.
The price to Book P/B for CTL is 0.93, Price to Sale is at 1.03 and for SCHW these ratios stand at 3.75 and 6.63.