Uncovering the next great stocks: Dynavax Technologies Corporation (DVAX), Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI)

The shares of Dynavax Technologies Corporation have decreased by more than -44.59% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -2.97% or -$0.15 and now trades at $5.07. The shares of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI), has jumped by 40.99% year to date as of 11/07/2019. The shares currently trade at $162.20 and have been able to report a change of -2.48% over the past one week.

The stock of Dynavax Technologies Corporation and Motorola Solutions, 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. The ROI of DVAX is -93.50% while that of MSI is 25.90%. These figures suggest that MSI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of DVAX.

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, DVAX’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.53, while that of MSI is positive 1.24.

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 DVAX is 4.30 and that of MSI is 1.10. This implies that it is easier for DVAX to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than MSI.

Valuation

DVAX currently trades at a P/B of 31.69, and a P/S of 15.79 while MSI trades at a forward P/E of 18.85, and a P/S of 3.43. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, DVAX 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 DVAX is currently at a -75.57% to its one-year price target of 20.75. Looking at its rival pricing, MSI is at a -10.19% relative to its price target of 180.61.

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), DVAX is given a 1.80 while 2.10 placed for MSI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for MSI 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 DVAX is 11.82 while that of MSI is just 2.97. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for MSI stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Dynavax Technologies Corporation defeats that of Motorola Solutions, Inc. when the two are compared, with DVAX taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. DVAX 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, DVAX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for DVAX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.