The shares of Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) declined to -1.32% closing at the price of $3 whereas the shares of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) soared 0.62% with the increase of 0.29 points closing at the price of $47.16. Lloyds Banking Group Plc has currently decrease -17.36% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. added 25.09% 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 Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) is 6.1% while the ROI of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) is 8.9%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, LYG’s EBITDA Margin is NOT AVAILABLE whereas FOXA’s is 14.26.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of Lloyds Banking Group Plc & Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Lloyds Banking Group Plc was in BULLISH territory and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.
LYG’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While FOXA’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: LYG’s -3.5% versus FOXA’s 7.94%
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 Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) is predicted at -3.5% while Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) stands at 7.94%. These numbers suggest that FOXA 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 LYG stands at 0 while FOXA is at 2.3 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.
The values of the both ratios suggest that FOXA is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.
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 4 for LYG and 2.4 for FOXA which means LYG has Sell rating whereas FOXA 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 LYG is $3.02 which is 0.66% of its current price while FOXA has price target of 50.05 which is 5.77% 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.
LYG currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 11.07 whereas FOXA has 27.58 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 8.82 and for the later it depicts the value of 20.58.
The price to Book P/B for LYG is 0.79, Price to Sale is at 2.55 and for FOXA these ratios stand at 4.47 and 2.86.