CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) and Curo Group (NYSE:CURO) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CME Group and Curo Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CME Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

CME Group presently has a consensus target price of $142.71, suggesting a potential downside of 7.50%. Curo Group has a consensus target price of $19.67, suggesting a potential upside of 21.10%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than CME Group.

Profitability

This table compares CME Group and Curo Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CME Group 40.94% 7.89% 2.16%
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

CME Group pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. CME Group pays out 59.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CME Group and Curo Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CME Group $3.60 billion 14.55 $1.53 billion $4.41 34.98
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

CME Group has higher revenue and earnings than Curo Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.8% of CME Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of CME Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CME Group beats Curo Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CME Group

CME Group Inc., through its exchanges, provides products across all asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The Company’s segment primarily consists of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME), Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc. (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) exchanges. The Company provides electronic trading around the globe on its CME Globex platform. The Company also offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives through its clearinghouses CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe. It also provides hosting, connectivity and customer support for electronic trading through its co-location services. The Company’s CME Direct platform offers side-by-side trading of exchange-listed and privately negotiated markets.

About Curo Group

CURO Group Holdings Corp. is a technology enabled and diversified consumer finance company. The Company operates in the United States under two principal brands, Speedy Cash and Rapid Cash, and Avio Credit. In the United Kingdom, the Company operates online as Wage Day Advance and Juo Loans. The Company has three reportable operating segments: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company offers a broad range of consumer finance products, including Unsecured Installment Loans, Secured Installment Loans, Open-End Loans and Single-Pay Loans.

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