IHS (NYSE: IHS) and China Finance Online Co. Limited (NASDAQ:JRJC) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IHS and China Finance Online Co. Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IHS N/A N/A N/A $3.58 32.75
China Finance Online Co. Limited N/A N/A N/A ($1.49) -1.41

China Finance Online Co. Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IHS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for IHS and China Finance Online Co. Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33
China Finance Online Co. Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

IHS presently has a consensus target price of $44.67, suggesting a potential downside of 61.90%. Given IHS’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe IHS is more favorable than China Finance Online Co. Limited.

Risk and Volatility

IHS has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Finance Online Co. Limited has a beta of 2.39, meaning that its share price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.6% of China Finance Online Co. Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares IHS and China Finance Online Co. Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IHS 7.63% 8.19% 2.73%
China Finance Online Co. Limited -61.81% -43.68% -21.96%

Summary

IHS beats China Finance Online Co. Limited on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IHS

IHS Inc. develops source of information, insight and analytics in different areas of business. The Company’s segments include Resources, Transportation and Consolidated Markets & Solutions. The Company’s Resources segment includes its Energy and Chemicals product offerings. Its Transportation segment includes its Automotive; Maritime & Trade, and Aerospace, Defense & Security product offerings. Its Consolidated Markets & Solutions segment includes its Product Design; Technology, Media & Telecom, and Economics & Country Risk product offerings. It provides authoritative analysis and forecasts of sales and production for light vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, powertrain, components and technology systems across various markets. Its product design offerings include content and analysis on various engineering and technical standards, codes, reference books, journals, and other scientific and technical documents, as well as software-based engineering decision engines.

About China Finance Online Co. Limited

China Finance Online Co. Limited is a Web-based financial services company in China. The Company provides Chinese retail investors with online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, securities investment advisory services, as well as financial database and analytics services to institutional customers. The Company operates through three segments: commodities brokerage services, online financial information and advisory service, and other related services in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Hong Kong brokerage services. The Company offers financial software, information services and securities investment advisory services to retail investors in China. Through its subsidiary, Shenzhen Genius Information Technology Co., Ltd., the Company provides financial database and analytics to institutional customers, including domestic financial, research, academic and regulatory institutions.

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