Two Worthy Stocks comparison for Investors: Dana Incorporated (DAN), Sterling Bancorp (STL)

The shares of Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) and Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) soared to 2.07% closing at the price of $15.27 whereas the shares of Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) soared 1.26% with the increase of 0.23 points closing at the price of $18.55. Dana Incorporated has currently decrease -36.35% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Sterling Bancorp subtracted -24.13% 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 Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) is 13.3% while the ROI of Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) is 11%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, DAN’s EBITDA Margin is 4.99 whereas STL’s is NOT AVAILABLE.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) and Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL).

EPS & Surprise Factor

Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) reported $0.77/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.76/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 1.3 Percent. While, Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) reported EPS of $0.52/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.52/share depicting a Surprise of 0 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Dana Incorporated tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Sterling Bancorp. so DAN is more profitable than STL.

Technical Analysis of Dana Incorporated & Sterling Bancorp

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Dana Incorporated was in BEARISH territory and Sterling Bancorp was in BULLISH territory.

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

EPS Growth Rate: DAN’s 8.35% versus STL’s 5%

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 Dana Incorporated (NYSE:DAN) is predicted at 8.35% while Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) stands at 5%. These numbers suggest that DAN 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 DAN stands at 1.6 while STL is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.45 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.11.

The values of the both ratios suggest that DAN 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 2.7 for DAN and 1.7 for STL which means DAN has Hold rating whereas STL 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 DAN is $20.5 which is 25.51% of its current price while STL has price target of 24.45 which is 24.13% 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.

DAN currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 5.51 whereas STL has 12.61 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 4.8 and for the later it depicts the value of 8.71.

The price to Book P/B for DAN is 1.78, Price to Sale is at 0.28 and for STL these ratios stand at 0.99 and 3.55.