The shares of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) soared to 0.07% closing at the price of $93.87 whereas the shares of Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) soared 2.12% with the increase of 0.06 points closing at the price of $2.89. Electronic Arts Inc. has currently decrease -29.32% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Gold Fields Limited subtracted -25.13% 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 Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) is 22.6% while the ROI of Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) is 4.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, EA’s EBITDA Margin is 23.17 whereas GFI’s is 3.24.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of Electronic Arts Inc. & Gold Fields Limited
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Electronic Arts Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Gold Fields Limited was in BULLISH territory.
EA’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While GFI’s candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM.
EPS Growth Rate: EA’s 13.1% versus GFI’s 0%
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 Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) is predicted at 13.1% while Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) stands at 0%. These numbers suggest that EA 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 EA stands at 3.8 while GFI is at 1.1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.19 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.69.
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 1.9 for EA and 2 for GFI which means EA has Buy rating whereas GFI 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 EA is $126.68 which is 25.9% of its current price while GFI has price target of 3.55 which is 18.59% 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.
EA currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 31.54 whereas GFI has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 18.08 and for the later it depicts the value of 14.45.
The price to Book P/B for EA is 5.46, Price to Sale is at 6.03 and for GFI these ratios stand at 0.87 and 0.82.