A Comparison of Top Movers: Comcast Corporation (CMCSA), Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG)

The shares of Comcast Corporation have decreased by more than -17.55% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.33% or -$0.11 and now trades at $33.02. The shares of Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE:PVG), has slumped by -37.16% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $7.17 and have been able to report a change of 6.22% over the past one week.

The stock of Comcast Corporation and Pretium Resources Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Friday. 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. CMCSA has an EBITDA margin of 21.78%, this implies that the underlying business of CMCSA is more profitable. These figures suggest that CMCSA ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PVG.

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, CMCSA’s free cash flow per share is a positive 1.81.


CMCSA currently trades at a forward P/E of 12.08, a P/B of 2.24, and a P/S of 1.82 while PVG trades at a forward P/E of 14.34, a P/B of 1.54, and a P/S of 7.31. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, CMCSA 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 CMCSA is currently at a -29.67% to its one-year price target of 46.95. Looking at its rival pricing, PVG is at a -47.51% relative to its price target of 13.66.

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), CMCSA is given a 1.80 while 2.00 placed for PVG. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for PVG 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 CMCSA is 2.13 while that of PVG is just 5.99. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CMCSA stock.


The stock of Pretium Resources Inc. defeats that of Comcast Corporation when the two are compared, with PVG taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. PVG 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, PVG is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for PVG is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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