The shares of Corning Incorporated have decreased by more than -12.10% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 1.44% or $0.4 and now trades at $28.12. The shares of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:EEP), has slumped by -27.01% year to date as of 05/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $10.08 and have been able to report a change of 8.27% over the past one week.

The stock of Corning Incorporated and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. 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: 10.12% versus 14.20%**

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 GLW will grow it’s earning at a 10.12% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to EEP which will have a positive growth at a 14.20% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of EEP 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. GLW has an EBITDA margin of 21.19%, this implies that the underlying business of EEP is more profitable. The ROI of GLW is -2.40% while that of EEP is 12.90%. These figures suggest that EEP ventures generate a higher ROI than that of GLW.

**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, GLW’s free cash flow per share is a negative -4.93.

**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 GLW is 2.60 and that of EEP is 0.20. This implies that it is easier for GLW to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than EEP. The debt ratio of GLW is 0.43 compared to 4.68 for EEP. EEP can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than GLW.

**Valuation**

GLW currently trades at a forward P/E of 14.44, a P/B of 1.97, and a P/S of 2.33 while EEP trades at a forward P/E of 15.75, a P/B of 2.70, and a P/S of 1.70. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GLW 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 GLW is currently at a -15.02% to its one-year price target of 33.09. Looking at its rival pricing, EEP is at a -13.62% relative to its price target of 11.67.

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), GLW is given a 2.50 while 3.10 placed for EEP. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for EEP 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 GLW is 2.49 while that of EEP is just 2.70. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for GLW stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Corning Incorporated defeats that of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. when the two are compared, with GLW taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. GLW 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, GLW is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for GLW is better on when it is viewed on short interest.