Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR), Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD)

The shares of Denbury Resources Inc. have increased by more than 33.48% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.67% or -$0.02 and now trades at $2.95. The shares of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD), has slumped by -7.26% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.32 and have been able to report a change of 15.28% over the past one week.

The stock of Denbury Resources Inc. and Sears Holdings 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.

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. DNR has an EBITDA margin of 31.83%, this implies that the underlying business of DNR is more profitable. The ROI of DNR is 5.60% while that of SHLD is -73.80%. These figures suggest that DNR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SHLD.

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, DNR’s free cash flow per share is a positive 2.85, while that of SHLD is positive 0.23.

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 DNR is 0.40 and that of SHLD is 0.80. This implies that it is easier for DNR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than SHLD.


DNR currently trades at a forward P/E of 5.09, a P/B of 1.79, and a P/S of 1.06 while SHLD trades at a P/S of 0.02. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, DNR 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 DNR is currently at a 14.79% to its one-year price target of 2.57. Looking at its rival pricing, SHLD is at a 66% relative to its price target of 2.00.

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), DNR is given a 2.90 while 4.00 placed for SHLD. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SHLD 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 DNR is 8.50 while that of SHLD is just 7.10. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for SHLD stock.


The stock of Denbury Resources Inc. defeats that of Sears Holdings Corporation when the two are compared, with DNR taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. DNR 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, DNR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for DNR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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