Which Stock Worth Buying? Nucor Corporation (NUE) or Array BioPharma Inc. (ARRY)

The shares of Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) and Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) declined to -0.14% closing at the price of $64.12 whereas the shares of Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY) soared 1.46% with the increase of 0.25 points closing at the price of $17.36. Nucor Corporation has currently increase 1.58% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Array BioPharma Inc. added 15.43% 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 Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) is 10.8% while the ROI of Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY) is -41.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, NUE’s EBITDA Margin is 5.84 whereas ARRY’s is -22.26.

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

EPS & Surprise Factor

Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) reported $2.33/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $2.35/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -0.9 Percent. While, Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY) reported EPS of $-0.12/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $-0.22/share depicting a Surprise of 45.5 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Array BioPharma Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Nucor Corporation. so ARRY is more profitable than NUE.

Technical Analysis of Nucor Corporation & Array BioPharma Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Nucor Corporation was in BULLISH territory and Array BioPharma Inc. was in BULLISH territory.

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

EPS Growth Rate: NUE’s 11.57% versus ARRY’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 Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) is predicted at 11.57% while Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRY) stands at 10%. These numbers suggest that NUE 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 NUE stands at 3.1 while ARRY is at 5.6 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.46 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.6.

The values of the both ratios suggest that ARRY 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 for NUE and 1.5 for ARRY which means NUE has Buy rating whereas ARRY 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 NUE is $75.87 which is 15.49% of its current price while ARRY has price target of 25 which is 30.56% 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.

NUE currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 9.8 whereas ARRY has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 9.92 and for the later it depicts the value of 0.

The price to Book P/B for NUE is 2.18, Price to Sale is at 0.86 and for ARRY these ratios stand at 16.85 and 18.78.