Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)

The shares of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. have increased by more than 53.70% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.96% or $0.15 and now trades at $15.80. The shares of Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), has jumped by 18.34% year to date as of 06/22/2018. The shares currently trade at $142.13 and have been able to report a change of -18.78% over the past one week.

The stock of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and Red Hat, 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 0.40% versus 16.92%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that AMD will grow it’s earning at a 0.40% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to RHT which will have a positive growth at a 16.92% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of RHT implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.

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. AMD has an EBITDA margin of 9.03%, this implies that the underlying business of RHT is more profitable. The ROI of AMD is -48.10% while that of RHT is 17.00%. These figures suggest that RHT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of AMD.

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, AMD’s free cash flow per share is a negative -2.36, while that of RHT is positive 10.65.

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 AMD is 1.60 and that of RHT is 1.40. This implies that it is easier for AMD to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than RHT. The debt ratio of AMD is 1.94 compared to 0.52 for RHT. AMD can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than RHT.


AMD currently trades at a forward P/E of 26.07, a P/B of 21.35, and a P/S of 2.67 while RHT trades at a forward P/E of 35.60, a P/B of 17.12, and a P/S of 10.29. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, AMD 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 AMD is currently at a 7.12% to its one-year price target of 14.75. Looking at its rival pricing, RHT is at a -17.26% relative to its price target of 171.77.

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), AMD is given a 2.60 while 2.20 placed for RHT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AMD 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 AMD is 2.91 while that of RHT is just 3.12. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for AMD stock.


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

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