Regions Financial Corporation (RF) vs. At Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (CLSD): Industry’s Two Hottest Stocks

The shares of Regions Financial Corporation have increased by more than 21.45% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.06% or $0.01 and now trades at $16.25. The shares of Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLSD), has slumped by -27.10% year to date as of 09/12/2019. The shares currently trade at $0.78 and have been able to report a change of 20.00% over the past one week.

The stock of Regions Financial Corporation and Clearside Biomedical, Inc. 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. RF has an EBITDA margin of 59.74%, this implies that the underlying business of RF is more profitable. These figures suggest that RF ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CLSD.

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, RF’s free cash flow per share is a positive 11.51, while that of CLSD is negative -34.18.

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 RF is 0.40 compared to 0.78 for CLSD. CLSD can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than RF.


RF currently trades at a forward P/E of 9.89, a P/B of 1.07, and a P/S of 3.48 while CLSD trades at a P/B of 2.29, and a P/S of 285.25. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, RF 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 RF is currently at a -3.33% to its one-year price target of 16.81. Looking at its rival pricing, CLSD is at a -67.5% relative to its price target of 2.40.

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), RF is given a 2.50 while 2.50 placed for CLSD. This means that analysts are equally bullish on their outlook for the two stocks 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 RF is 1.24 while that of CLSD is just 1.52. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for RF stock.


The stock of Clearside Biomedical, Inc. defeats that of Regions Financial Corporation when the two are compared, with CLSD taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. CLSD 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, CLSD is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CLSD is better on when it is viewed on short interest.