Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Intrexon Corporation (XON), GrafTech International Ltd. (EAF)

The shares of Intrexon Corporation have increased by more than 40.63% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 4.85% or $0.75 and now trades at $16.20. The shares of GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF), has jumped by 36.89% year to date as of 05/15/2018. The shares currently trade at $19.78 and have been able to report a change of 11.25% over the past one week.

The stock of Intrexon Corporation and GrafTech International Ltd. were two of the most active stocks on Tueday. 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 XON is -8.80% while that of EAF is 14.50%. These figures suggest that EAF ventures generate a higher ROI than that of XON.

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, XON’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.02, while that of EAF is also a negative -0.18.

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 XON is 2.20 and that of EAF is 3.30. This implies that it is easier for XON to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than EAF.


XON currently trades at a P/B of 3.74, and a P/S of 11.26 while EAF trades at a P/S of 0.81. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, XON 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 XON is currently at a -49.64% to its one-year price target of 32.17.

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 XON is 16.02 while that of EAF is just 2.84. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for EAF stock.


The stock of Intrexon Corporation defeats that of GrafTech International Ltd. when the two are compared, with XON taking 3 out of the total factors that were been considered. XON 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, XON is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for XON is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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