Which is more compelling pick right now? – Altaba Inc. (AABA), Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD)

The shares of Altaba Inc. have increased by more than 14.93% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.09% or -$0.07 and now trades at $80.28. The shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD), has jumped by 10.49% year to date as of 06/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $190.98 and have been able to report a change of -2.87% over the past one week.

The stock of Altaba Inc. and Pioneer Natural Resources Company 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. The ROI of AABA is 8.60% while that of PXD is 1.40%. These figures suggest that AABA ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PXD.

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, AABA’s free cash flow per share is a positive 2.7, while that of PXD is negative -5.84.

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 debt ratio of AABA is 0.07 compared to 0.24 for PXD. PXD can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than AABA.


AABA currently trades at a P/B of 1.06, and a P/S of 1177.87 while PXD trades at a forward P/E of 19.72, a P/B of 2.85, and a P/S of 5.17. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, AABA 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 AABA is currently at a -18.08% to its one-year price target of 98.00. Looking at its rival pricing, PXD is at a -19.49% relative to its price target of 237.22.

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), AABA is given a 2.00 while 1.80 placed for PXD. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AABA 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 AABA is 4.54 while that of PXD is just 2.93. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for PXD stock.


The stock of Altaba Inc. defeats that of Pioneer Natural Resources Company when the two are compared, with AABA taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. AABA 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, AABA is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for AABA is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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