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Uncovering the next great stocks: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT)

The shares of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. have increased by more than 13.62% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 3.27% or $0.37 and now trades at $11.68. The shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), has slumped by -3.17% year to date as of 02/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $49.50 and have been able to report a change of 2.46% over the past one week.

The stock of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Monday. 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 0.40% versus 17.69%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that AMD will grow it’s earning at a 0.40% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to AMAT which will have a positive growth at a 17.69% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of AMAT implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.



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. AMD has an EBITDA margin of 5.59%, this implies that the underlying business of AMAT is more profitable. The ROI of AMD is -25.90% while that of AMAT is 24.40%. These figures suggest that AMAT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of AMD.

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, AMD’s free cash flow per share is a positive 5.98, while that of AMAT is positive 3.11.

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 AMD is 1.70 and that of AMAT is 3.10. This implies that it is easier for AMD to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than AMAT. The debt ratio of AMD is 2.74 compared to 0.57 for AMAT. AMD can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than AMAT.

Valuation

AMD currently trades at a forward P/E of 21.79, a P/B of 21.63, and a P/S of 2.10 while AMAT trades at a forward P/E of 11.25, a P/B of 5.63, and a P/S of 3.62. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, AMD 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 AMD is currently at a -21.4% to its one-year price target of 14.86. Looking at its rival pricing, AMAT is at a -27.74% relative to its price target of 68.50. This figure implies that over the next one year, AMAT is a better investment.

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), AMD is given a 2.60 while 1.70 placed for AMAT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AMD 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 AMD is 3.13 while that of AMAT is just 0.92. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for AMAT stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. defeats that of Applied Materials, Inc. when the two are compared, with AMD taking 2 out of the total factors that were been considered. AMD 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, AMD is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for AMD is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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