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Which is more compelling pick right now? – Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC), McEwen Mining Inc. (MUX)

The shares of Uranium Energy Corp. have increased by more than 1.13% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 5.29% or $0.09 and now trades at $1.79. The shares of McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE:MUX), has slumped by -12.72% year to date as of 09/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $1.99 and have been able to report a change of -0.50% over the past one week.

The stock of Uranium Energy Corp. and McEwen Mining Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Thursday. 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 MUX ventures generate a higher ROI than that of UEC.

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 UEC is 2.10 and that of MUX is 1.50. This implies that it is easier for UEC to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than MUX. The debt ratio of UEC is 0.30 compared to 0.00 for MUX. UEC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than MUX.

Valuation



UEC currently trades at a P/B of 4.47, while MUX trades at a forward P/E of 60.30, a P/B of 1.32, and a P/S of 5.93. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, MUX 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 UEC is currently at a -33.95% to its one-year price target of 2.71. Looking at its rival pricing, MUX is at a -42.49% relative to its price target of 3.46.

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), UEC is given a 1.70 while 2.00 placed for MUX. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for MUX 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 UEC is 17.61 while that of MUX is just 25.07. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for UEC stock.

Conclusion

The stock of McEwen Mining Inc. defeats that of Uranium Energy Corp. when the two are compared, with MUX taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. MUX 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, MUX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for MUX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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