Comparing Top Moving Stocks AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS), OPKO Health, Inc. (OPK)

The shares of AK Steel Holding Corporation have decreased by more than -16.78% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 6.08% or $0.27 and now trades at $4.71. The shares of OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK), has jumped by 1.84% year to date as of 05/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $4.99 and have been able to report a change of 19.95% over the past one week.

The stock of AK Steel Holding Corporation and OPKO Health, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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: 22.14% versus 52.05%

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 AKS will grow it’s earning at a 22.14% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to OPK which will have a positive growth at a 52.05% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of OPK 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. AKS has an EBITDA margin of 9.44%, this implies that the underlying business of AKS is more profitable. The ROI of AKS is 13.00% while that of OPK is -10.80%. These figures suggest that AKS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of OPK.

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, AKS’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.47, while that of OPK is negative -3.66.

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 AKS is 2.10 and that of OPK is 1.10. This implies that it is easier for AKS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than OPK.


AKS currently trades at a forward P/E of 5.67, and a P/S of 0.24 while OPK trades at a P/B of 1.53, and a P/S of 2.50. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, AKS 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 AKS is currently at a -18.65% to its one-year price target of 5.79. Looking at its rival pricing, OPK is at a -58.07% relative to its price target of 11.90.

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), AKS is given a 2.80 while 2.20 placed for OPK. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AKS 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 AKS is 4.51 while that of OPK is just 13.47. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for AKS stock.


The stock of OPKO Health, Inc. defeats that of AK Steel Holding Corporation when the two are compared, with OPK taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. OPK 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, OPK is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for OPK is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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