Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ), Portland General Electric Company (POR)

The shares of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. have decreased by more than -10.79% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.97% or -$0.03 and now trades at $3.06. The shares of Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR), has slumped by -11.76% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $40.22 and have been able to report a change of 0.02% over the past one week.

The stock of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. and Portland General Electric Company were two of the most active stocks on Friday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. The ROI of TRQ is 0.80% while that of POR is 6.30%. These figures suggest that POR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of TRQ.

Cash Flow

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, TRQ’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.05, while that of POR is also a negative -4.88.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The current ratio for TRQ is 6.30 and that of POR is 1.20. This implies that it is easier for TRQ to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than POR. The debt ratio of TRQ is 0.47 compared to 1.00 for POR. POR can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TRQ.


TRQ currently trades at a forward P/E of 50.16, a P/B of 0.69, and a P/S of 6.57 while POR trades at a forward P/E of 16.98, a P/B of 1.48, and a P/S of 1.78. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TRQ is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of TRQ is currently at a -23.5% to its one-year price target of 4.00. Looking at its rival pricing, POR is at a -1.64% relative to its price target of 40.89.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), TRQ is given a 3.00 while 3.50 placed for POR. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for POR stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for TRQ is 3.31 while that of POR is just 1.41. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for POR stock.


The stock of Portland General Electric Company defeats that of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. when the two are compared, with POR taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. POR happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, POR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for POR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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