The shares of Sirius XM Holdings Inc. have increased by more than 15.49% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.64% or -$0.04 and now trades at $6.19. The shares of Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR), has slumped by -23.82% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $9.72 and have been able to report a change of -0.51% over the past one week.

The stock of Sirius XM Holdings Inc. and Gulfport Energy Corporation 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.

**Next 5Y EPS Growth: 24.94% versus 2.99%**

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that SIRI will grow it’s earning at a 24.94% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to GPOR which will have a positive growth at a 2.99% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of SIRI implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.

**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. SIRI has an EBITDA margin of 35.35%, this implies that the underlying business of GPOR is more profitable. The ROI of SIRI is 22.30% while that of GPOR is 10.60%. These figures suggest that SIRI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of GPOR.

**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, SIRI’s free cash flow per share is a positive 7.44, while that of GPOR is negative -7.21.

**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 SIRI is 0.20 and that of GPOR is 0.60. This implies that it is easier for SIRI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than GPOR.

**Valuation**

SIRI currently trades at a forward P/E of 22.19, and a P/S of 5.16 while GPOR trades at a forward P/E of 7.86, a P/B of 0.57, and a P/S of 1.39. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GPOR 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 SIRI is currently at a -0.32% to its one-year price target of 6.21. Looking at its rival pricing, GPOR is at a -37.29% relative to its price target of 15.50.

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), SIRI is given a 2.60 while 2.20 placed for GPOR. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SIRI 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 SIRI is 10.20 while that of GPOR is just 2.58. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for GPOR stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Sirius XM Holdings Inc. defeats that of Gulfport Energy Corporation when the two are compared, with SIRI taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. SIRI 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, SIRI is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SIRI is better on when it is viewed on short interest.