The shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. have increased by more than 3.65% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.54% or $0.59 and now trades at $110.84. The shares of Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), has jumped by 9.30% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $31.86 and have been able to report a change of 7.31% over the past one week.

The stock of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Xerox Corporation 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.

**Next 5Y EPS Growth: 9.49% versus -0.11% **

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 JPM will grow it’s earning at a 9.49% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to XRX which will have a positive growth at a -0.11% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of JPM 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. JPM has an EBITDA margin of 58.87%, this implies that the underlying business of JPM is more profitable. The ROI of JPM is 5.90% while that of XRX is 5.90%. These figures suggest that JPM ventures generate a higher ROI than that of XRX.

**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, JPM’s free cash flow per share is a negative -1.15, while that of XRX is also a negative -4.21.

**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 debt ratio of JPM is 1.24 compared to 1.12 for XRX. JPM can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than XRX.

**Valuation**

JPM currently trades at a forward P/E of 13.61, a P/B of 1.69, and a P/S of 6.26 while XRX trades at a forward P/E of 9.02, a P/B of 1.51, and a P/S of 0.79. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, XRX 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 JPM is currently at a 2.12% to its one-year price target of 108.54. Looking at its rival pricing, XRX is at a -14.61% relative to its price target of 37.31. This figure implies that over the next one year, XRX 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), JPM is given a 2.50 while 2.10 placed for XRX. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for JPM 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 JPM is 2.24 while that of XRX is just 2.38. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for JPM stock.

**Conclusion**

The stock of JPMorgan Chase & Co. defeats that of Xerox Corporation when the two are compared, with JPM taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. JPM 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, JPM is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for JPM is better on when it is viewed on short interest.