Which of 2 stocks would appeal to long-term investors? Azul S.A. (AZUL), Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (RCKT)

The shares of Azul S.A. have decreased by more than -12.34% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -6.53% or -$1.46 and now trades at $20.89. The shares of Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCKT), has jumped by 90.90% year to date as of 05/17/2018. The shares currently trade at $19.93 and have been able to report a change of 11.97% over the past one week.

The stock of Azul S.A. and Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Thuday. 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 AZUL ventures generate a higher ROI than that of RCKT.

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 AZUL is 0.90 and that of RCKT is 24.80. This implies that it is easier for AZUL to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than RCKT. The debt ratio of AZUL is 1.12 compared to 1.04 for RCKT. AZUL can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than RCKT.


AZUL currently trades at a forward P/E of 9.63, a P/B of 10.34, and a P/S of 1.04 while RCKT trades at a P/B of 2.84, This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, AZUL 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 AZUL is currently at a -45.03% to its one-year price target of 38.00. Looking at its rival pricing, RCKT is at a -26.19% relative to its price target of 27.00.

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), AZUL is given a 1.50 while 2.00 placed for RCKT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for RCKT 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 AZUL is 4.94 while that of RCKT is just 4.87. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for RCKT stock.


The stock of Azul S.A. defeats that of Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc. when the two are compared, with AZUL taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. AZUL 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, AZUL is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for AZUL is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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