The shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) and TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) declined to -2.45% closing at the price of $35.38 whereas the shares of TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) declined -0.08% with the decrease of -0.01 points closing at the price of $12.52. Whiting Petroleum Corporation has currently decrease -24.01% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival TEGNA Inc. added 17.45% 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 Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) is -12.7% while the ROI of TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) is 10.7%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, WLL’s EBITDA Margin is 6.94 whereas TGNA’s is 8.89.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) reported $0.92/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.58/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 58.6 Percent. While, TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) reported EPS of $0.4/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.38/share depicting a Surprise of 5.3 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Whiting Petroleum Corporation tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than TEGNA Inc.. so WLL is more profitable than TGNA.
Technical Analysis of Whiting Petroleum Corporation & TEGNA Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Whiting Petroleum Corporation was in BULLISH territory and TEGNA Inc. was in BULLISH territory.
WLL’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While TGNA’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: WLL’s 0% versus TGNA’s 10%
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 Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) is predicted at 0% while TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) stands at 10%. These numbers suggest that TGNA 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 WLL stands at 0.6 while TGNA is at 1.9 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.7 while the debt ratio of the later is 2.8.
The values of the both ratios suggest that TGNA 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 2.2 for WLL and 2.2 for TGNA which means WLL has Hold rating whereas TGNA 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 WLL is $58.97 which is 40% of its current price while TGNA has price target of 13.79 which is 9.21% 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.
WLL currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas TGNA has 9.76 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 7.82 and for the later it depicts the value of 8.9.
The price to Book P/B for WLL is 0.79, Price to Sale is at 1.62 and for TGNA these ratios stand at 2.43 and 1.37.