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A Comparison of Top Movers: Apache Corporation (APA), MannKind Corporation (MNKD)

The shares of Apache Corporation have increased by more than 2.53% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -6.16% or -$2.84 and now trades at $43.29. The shares of MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD), has slumped by -46.55% year to date as of 08/09/2018. The shares currently trade at $1.24 and have been able to report a change of -17.33% over the past one week.

The stock of Apache Corporation and MannKind Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Thursday. 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. APA has an EBITDA margin of 55.2%, this implies that the underlying business of APA is more profitable. The ROI of APA is 10.20% while that of MNKD is 189.70%. These figures suggest that MNKD ventures generate a higher ROI than that of APA.

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, APA’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of MNKD is negative -0.25.

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 APA is 1.40 and that of MNKD is 0.40. This implies that it is easier for APA to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than MNKD.

Valuation

APA currently trades at a forward P/E of 22.90, a P/B of 2.16, and a P/S of 2.76 while MNKD trades at a P/S of 19.43. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, APA 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 APA is currently at a -10.65% to its one-year price target of 48.45. Looking at its rival pricing, MNKD is at a -75.2% relative to its price target of 5.00.




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), APA is given a 2.90 while 2.00 placed for MNKD. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for APA 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 APA is 8.58 while that of MNKD is just 15.42. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for APA stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Apache Corporation defeats that of MannKind Corporation when the two are compared, with APA taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. APA 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, APA is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for APA is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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