Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Nutanix, Inc. (NTNX), Overstock.com, Inc. (OSTK)

The shares of Nutanix, Inc. have increased by more than 71.91% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 7.61% or $4.29 and now trades at $60.65. The shares of Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), has slumped by -39.87% year to date as of 06/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $38.42 and have been able to report a change of 7.18% over the past one week.

The stock of Nutanix, Inc. and Overstock.com, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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 NTNX is -198.80% while that of OSTK is -42.50%. These figures suggest that OSTK ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NTNX.

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, NTNX’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of OSTK is negative -0.83.

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 NTNX is 3.10 and that of OSTK is 1.40. This implies that it is easier for NTNX to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than OSTK. The debt ratio of NTNX is 1.38 compared to 0.00 for OSTK. NTNX can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than OSTK.


NTNX currently trades at a P/B of 32.61, and a P/S of 9.25 while OSTK trades at a P/B of 6.10, and a P/S of 0.64. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NTNX 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 NTNX is currently at a 9.14% to its one-year price target of 55.57. Looking at its rival pricing, OSTK is at a -61.58% relative to its price target of 100.00.

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), NTNX is given a 1.90 while 1.00 placed for OSTK. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for NTNX 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 NTNX is 2.36 while that of OSTK is just 4.58. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NTNX stock.


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

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