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Choosing Between Hot Stocks: Xunlei Limited (XNET), Seabridge Gold Inc. (SA)

The shares of Xunlei Limited have decreased by more than -9.23% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 9.14% or $1.17 and now trades at $13.97. The shares of Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE:SA), has jumped by 5.31% year to date as of 02/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $11.90 and have been able to report a change of 10.19% over the past one week.

The stock of Xunlei Limited and Seabridge Gold 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.

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 SA ventures generate a higher ROI than that of XNET.



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 XNET is 3.40 and that of SA is 2.90. This implies that it is easier for XNET to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than SA. The debt ratio of XNET is 0.00 compared to 0.00 for SA. SA can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than XNET.

Valuation




XNET currently trades at a P/B of 2.46, and a P/S of 5.53 while SA trades at a P/B of 2.42, This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, XNET 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 XNET is currently at a 16.42% to its one-year price target of 12.00. Looking at its rival pricing, SA is at a -33.89% relative to its price target of 18.00. This figure implies that over the next one year, SA is a better investment.

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 XNET is 1.27 while that of SA is just 23.50. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for XNET stock.

Conclusion

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

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