Which Stock Worth Buying? Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) or Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)

The shares of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) and Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) declined to -3.04% closing at the price of $67.7 whereas the shares of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) declined -2.15% with the decrease of -0.42 points closing at the price of $19.09. Marathon Petroleum Corporation has currently decrease -12.45% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Vodafone Group Plc subtracted -33.65% 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 Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) is 10.9% while the ROI of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) is 4.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, MPC’s EBITDA Margin is 7.55 whereas VOD’s is 6.31.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of Marathon Petroleum Corporation & Vodafone Group Plc

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Marathon Petroleum Corporation was in BULLISH territory and Vodafone Group Plc was in BULLISH territory.

MPC’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While VOD’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.

EPS Growth Rate: MPC’s 43.91% versus VOD’s 13.2%

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 Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) is predicted at 43.91% while Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) stands at 13.2%. These numbers suggest that MPC 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 MPC stands at 1.6 while VOD is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.15 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.

The values of the both ratios suggest that MPC 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 1.5 for MPC and 2 for VOD which means MPC has Buy rating whereas VOD 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 MPC is $104.44 which is 35.18% of its current price while VOD has price target of 25.69 which is 25.69% 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.

MPC currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 13.1 whereas VOD has 10.54 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 8.82 and for the later it depicts the value of 13.95.

The price to Book P/B for MPC is 2.08, Price to Sale is at 0.38 and for VOD these ratios stand at 0.65 and 0.97.