The shares of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. have decreased by more than -35.63% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -12.88% or -$1.48 and now trades at $10.01. The shares of DAVIDsTEA Inc. (NASDAQ:DTEA), has slumped by -26.92% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $2.85 and have been able to report a change of -8.65% over the past one week.

The stock of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. and DAVIDsTEA Inc. 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. FET has an EBITDA margin of 4.06%, this implies that the underlying business of FET is more profitable. The ROI of FET is -0.80% while that of DTEA is -24.30%. These figures suggest that FET ventures generate a higher ROI than that of DTEA.

**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, FET’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0.

**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 FET is 3.30 and that of DTEA is 3.50. This implies that it is easier for FET to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than DTEA. The debt ratio of FET is 0.33 compared to 0.00 for DTEA. FET can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than DTEA.

**Valuation**

FET currently trades at a forward P/E of 32.08, a P/B of 0.77, and a P/S of 1.11 while DTEA trades at a P/B of 1.06, and a P/S of 0.45. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, FET 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 FET is currently at a -25.85% to its one-year price target of 13.50. Looking at its rival pricing, DTEA is at a -18.57% relative to its price target of 3.50.

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), FET is given a 2.30 while 3.00 placed for DTEA. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for DTEA 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 FET is 8.28 while that of DTEA is just 0.01. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for DTEA stock.

Conclusion

The stock of DAVIDsTEA Inc. defeats that of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. when the two are compared, with DTEA taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. DTEA 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, DTEA is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for DTEA is better on when it is viewed on short interest.