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Exact Sciences Corporation (EXAS) is better stock pick than Crescent Point Energy Corp. (CPG)

The shares of Crescent Point Energy Corp. have decreased by more than -42.26% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -4.97% or -$0.23 and now trades at $4.40. The shares of Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS), has jumped by 44.80% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $76.08 and have been able to report a change of 3.78% over the past one week.

The stock of Crescent Point Energy Corp. and Exact Sciences Corporation 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 CPG ventures generate a higher ROI than that of EXAS.

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, CPG’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.25, while that of EXAS is also a negative -0.02.

Valuation



CPG currently trades at a forward P/E of 220.00, a P/B of 0.36, and a P/S of 1.02 while EXAS trades at a P/B of 13.03, and a P/S of 23.16. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, CPG 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 CPG is currently at a -50.28% to its one-year price target of 8.85. Looking at its rival pricing, EXAS is at a -13.55% relative to its price target of 88.00.

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), CPG is given a 3.00 while 1.70 placed for EXAS. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for CPG 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 CPG is 5.62 while that of EXAS is just 5.15. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for EXAS stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Exact Sciences Corporation defeats that of Crescent Point Energy Corp. when the two are compared, with EXAS taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. EXAS 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, EXAS is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for EXAS is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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