Worth Comparing these two stocks: Home Depot, Inc. (The) (HD), LKQ Corporation (LKQ)

The shares of Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) and LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) soared to 0.41% closing at the price of $188 whereas the shares of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) soared 0.95% with the increase of 0.27 points closing at the price of $28.66. Home Depot, Inc. (The) has currently decrease -1.21% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival LKQ Corporation subtracted -5.35% 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 Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) is 35.2% while the ROI of LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) is 7.1%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, HD’s EBITDA Margin is 13.11 whereas LKQ’s is 11.2.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) reported $3.05/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $2.84/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 7.4 Percent. While, LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) reported EPS of $0.56/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.56/share depicting a Surprise of 0 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Home Depot, Inc. (The) tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than LKQ Corporation. so HD is more profitable than LKQ.

Technical Analysis of Home Depot, Inc. (The) & LKQ Corporation

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Home Depot, Inc. (The) was in BULLISH territory and LKQ Corporation was in BULLISH territory.

HD’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While LKQ’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: HD’s 14.39% versus LKQ’s 33.5%

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 Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) is predicted at 14.39% while LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) stands at 33.5%. These numbers suggest that LKQ 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 HD stands at 1.1 while LKQ is at 2.6 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 12.69 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.94.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

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 1.9 for HD and 1.5 for LKQ which means HD has Buy rating whereas LKQ 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 HD is $214.07 which is 12.18% of its current price while LKQ has price target of 40.14 which is 28.6% 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.

HD currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 21.27 whereas LKQ has 18.1 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 18.32 and for the later it depicts the value of 11.35.

The price to Book P/B for HD is 106.82, Price to Sale is at 2.07 and for LKQ these ratios stand at 1.9 and 0.8.