Comparing Top Moving Stocks WPX Energy, Inc. (WPX), ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON)

The shares of WPX Energy, Inc. have increased by more than 24.02% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.23% or -$0.04 and now trades at $17.45. The shares of ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON), has jumped by 24.93% year to date as of 06/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $26.16 and have been able to report a change of 2.27% over the past one week.

The stock of WPX Energy, Inc. and ON Semiconductor Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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 WPX is 1.30% while that of ON is 8.10%. These figures suggest that ON ventures generate a higher ROI than that of WPX.

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, WPX’s free cash flow per share is a negative -13.47, while that of ON is positive 2.01.

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 WPX is 1.30 and that of ON is 1.50. This implies that it is easier for WPX to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ON. The debt ratio of WPX is 0.00 compared to 0.97 for ON. ON can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than WPX.


WPX currently trades at a forward P/E of 26.93, a P/B of 1.84, and a P/S of 5.57 while ON trades at a forward P/E of 13.32, a P/B of 3.80, and a P/S of 2.03. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, WPX 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 WPX is currently at a -21.08% to its one-year price target of 22.11. Looking at its rival pricing, ON is at a -0.38% relative to its price target of 26.26.

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), WPX is given a 1.70 while 2.20 placed for ON. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ON 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 WPX is 4.62 while that of ON is just 3.79. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ON stock.


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

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