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Uncovering the next great stocks: Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC), LiNiu Technology Group (LINU)

The shares of Uranium Energy Corp. have decreased by more than -4.52% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -4.52% or -$0.08 and now trades at $1.69. The shares of LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ:LINU), has slumped by -2.45% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $1.99 and have been able to report a change of 1.02% over the past one week.

The stock of Uranium Energy Corp. and LiNiu Technology Group 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. These figures suggest that UEC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of LINU.



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 UEC is 13.10 and that of LINU is 0.00. This implies that it is easier for UEC to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than LINU. The debt ratio of UEC is 0.00 compared to 17.55 for LINU. LINU can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than UEC.

Valuation




UEC currently trades at a P/B of 3.84, while LINU trades at a P/B of 4.06, and a P/S of 6.93. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, UEC 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 UEC is currently at a -36.23% to its one-year price target of 2.65. Looking at its rival pricing, LINU is at a -27.64% relative to its price target of 2.75. This figure implies that over the next one year, LINU 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), UEC is given a 2.20 while 2.00 placed for LINU. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for UEC 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 UEC is 5.67 while that of LINU is just 0.26. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for LINU stock.

Conclusion

The stock of LiNiu Technology Group defeats that of Uranium Energy Corp. when the two are compared, with LINU taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. LINU 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, LINU is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for LINU is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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