The shares of Activision Blizzard, Inc. have increased by more than 19.07% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.98% or $0.54 and now trades at $55.45. The shares of CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRWD), has jumped by 20.10% year to date as of 09/12/2019. The shares currently trade at $69.66 and have been able to report a change of -19.79% over the past one week.
The stock of Activision Blizzard, Inc. and CrowdStrike Holdings, 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.
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. ATVI has an EBITDA margin of 29.35%, this implies that the underlying business of ATVI is more profitable. The ROI of ATVI is 11.40% while that of CRWD is 28.30%. These figures suggest that CRWD ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ATVI.
The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, ATVI’s free cash flow per share is a negative -2.04, while that of CRWD is also a negative -0.01.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 ATVI is 3.50 and that of CRWD is 1.00. This implies that it is easier for ATVI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than CRWD.
ATVI currently trades at a forward P/E of 21.97, a P/B of 3.55, and a P/S of 5.98 while CRWD trades at a P/B of 12.45, and a P/S of 54.67. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ATVI 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 ATVI is currently at a 0.95% to its one-year price target of 54.93. Looking at its rival pricing, CRWD is at a -21.73% relative to its price target of 89.00.
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), ATVI is given a 2.00 while 2.20 placed for CRWD. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for CRWD 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 ATVI is 2.62 while that of CRWD is just 0.93. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CRWD stock.
The stock of Activision Blizzard, Inc. defeats that of CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. when the two are compared, with ATVI taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. ATVI 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, ATVI is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ATVI is better on when it is viewed on short interest.