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ServiceNow, Inc. (NOW) is better stock pick than Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI)

The shares of Thomson Reuters Corporation have decreased by more than -9.25% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.18% or $0.07 and now trades at $39.56. The shares of ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE:NOW), has jumped by 42.97% year to date as of 06/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $186.42 and have been able to report a change of 4.45% over the past one week.

The stock of Thomson Reuters Corporation and ServiceNow, Inc. 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 32.60% versus 50.80%

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 TRI will grow it’s earning at a 32.60% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to NOW which will have a positive growth at a 50.80% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of NOW 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. The ROI of TRI is 8.50% while that of NOW is 8.30%. These figures suggest that TRI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NOW.

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, TRI’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.06, while that of NOW is positive 10.33.

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 TRI is 3.10 and that of NOW is 1.20. This implies that it is easier for TRI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than NOW. The debt ratio of TRI is 0.55 compared to 1.33 for NOW. NOW can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TRI.

Valuation

TRI currently trades at a forward P/E of 30.22, a P/B of 2.19, and a P/S of 2.83 while NOW trades at a forward P/E of 59.28, a P/B of 37.81, and a P/S of 15.54. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TRI 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 TRI is currently at a -17.1% to its one-year price target of 47.72. Looking at its rival pricing, NOW is at a 1.87% relative to its price target of 183.00.

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), TRI is given a 2.80 while 1.90 placed for NOW. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for TRI 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 TRI is 2.49 while that of NOW is just 5.05. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TRI stock.

Conclusion

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

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