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Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – NII Holdings, Inc. (NIHD), Anthem, Inc. (ANTM)

The shares of NII Holdings, Inc. have increased by more than 998.28% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -10.04% or -$0.52 and now trades at $4.66. The shares of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM), has jumped by 30.18% year to date as of 12/04/2018. The shares currently trade at $292.92 and have been able to report a change of 3.84% over the past one week.

The stock of NII Holdings, Inc. and Anthem, 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. The ROI of NIHD is -42.80% while that of ANTM is 7.50%. These figures suggest that ANTM ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NIHD.

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, NIHD’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0, while that of ANTM is positive 0.06.

Valuation



NIHD currently trades at a P/S of 0.72 while ANTM trades at a forward P/E of 16.64, a P/B of 2.61, and a P/S of 0.83. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NIHD 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 NIHD is currently at a 272.8% to its one-year price target of 1.25. Looking at its rival pricing, ANTM is at a -8.27% relative to its price target of 319.32.

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), NIHD is given a 4.00 while 2.00 placed for ANTM. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for NIHD 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 NIHD is 5.54 while that of ANTM is just 2.50. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ANTM stock.

Conclusion

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

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