Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Hanesbrands Inc. (HBI), Editas Medicine, Inc. (EDIT)

The shares of Hanesbrands Inc. have decreased by more than -13.25% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.49% or $0.44 and now trades at $18.14. The shares of Editas Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDIT), has jumped by 23.59% year to date as of 05/17/2018. The shares currently trade at $37.98 and have been able to report a change of 13.17% over the past one week.

The stock of Hanesbrands Inc. and Editas Medicine, 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. The ROI of HBI is 15.20% while that of EDIT is -48.20%. These figures suggest that HBI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of EDIT.

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, HBI’s free cash flow per share is a negative -3.12, while that of EDIT 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 HBI is 2.00 and that of EDIT is 11.70. This implies that it is easier for HBI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than EDIT. The debt ratio of HBI is 6.41 compared to 0.00 for EDIT. HBI can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than EDIT.


HBI currently trades at a forward P/E of 9.44, a P/B of 9.30, and a P/S of 0.99 while EDIT trades at a P/B of 7.06, and a P/S of 103.31. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, HBI 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 HBI is currently at a -18.29% to its one-year price target of 22.20. Looking at its rival pricing, EDIT is at a -20.38% relative to its price target of 47.70.

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), HBI is given a 2.40 while 2.70 placed for EDIT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for EDIT 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 HBI is 9.00 while that of EDIT is just 4.59. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for EDIT stock.


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

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