Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) are both large-cap technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Autodesk does not pay a dividend. Symantec Corporation pays out -51.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Symantec Corporation and Autodesk’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec Corporation $4.02 billion 4.34 -$106.00 million ($0.58) -48.47
Autodesk $2.03 billion 13.78 -$582.10 million ($2.67) -47.83

Symantec Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Autodesk. Symantec Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Autodesk, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Symantec Corporation and Autodesk, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec Corporation 1 13 10 0 2.38
Autodesk 0 2 19 0 2.90

Symantec Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $32.38, indicating a potential upside of 15.19%. Autodesk has a consensus price target of $126.89, indicating a potential downside of 0.64%. Given Symantec Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Symantec Corporation is more favorable than Autodesk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.6% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of Autodesk shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Autodesk shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Symantec Corporation has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk has a beta of 1.98, indicating that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Symantec Corporation and Autodesk’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec Corporation -5.29% 12.33% 2.65%
Autodesk -30.01% -60.14% -8.55%


Symantec Corporation beats Autodesk on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Symantec Corporation

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a design software and services company, offering customers productive business solutions through technology products and services. The Company’s segments include Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Manufacturing (MFG), and Media and Entertainment (M&E). The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; product design and manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. The Company’s product development and manufacturing software provides manufacturers in automotive, transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products and building products with digital engineering solutions. The Company’s product offerings include, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Industry Collections, 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, Inventor, AutoCAD Civil three dimensional (3D), CAM Solutions, Fusion 360, BIM 360 and Shotgun.

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