Which is more compelling pick right now? – State Street Corporation (STT), Level Brands, Inc. (LEVB)

The shares of State Street Corporation have decreased by more than -30.53% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -7.30% or -$5.34 and now trades at $67.81. The shares of Level Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LEVB), has slumped by -6.44% year to date as of 12/04/2018. The shares currently trade at $4.07 and have been able to report a change of 6.82% over the past one week.

The stock of State Street Corporation and Level Brands, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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. STT has an EBITDA margin of 54.29%, this implies that the underlying business of STT is more profitable. The ROI of STT is 5.20% while that of LEVB is -6.30%. These figures suggest that STT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of LEVB.

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, STT’s free cash flow per share is a positive 41.65.

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 debt ratio of STT is 0.62 compared to 0.00 for LEVB. STT can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than LEVB.


STT currently trades at a forward P/E of 8.80, a P/B of 1.22, and a P/S of 7.32 while LEVB trades at a P/B of 2.38, and a P/S of 4.52. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, STT 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 STT is currently at a -24.05% to its one-year price target of 89.28.

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 STT is 1.27 while that of LEVB is just 0.64. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for LEVB stock.


The stock of State Street Corporation defeats that of Level Brands, Inc. when the two are compared, with STT taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. STT 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, STT is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for STT is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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