Ctrip.Com International (NASDAQ:CTRP) and Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) are both large-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.2% of Ctrip.Com International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.0% of Akamai Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.0% of Ctrip.Com International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Akamai Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Ctrip.Com International has a beta of 1.86, suggesting that its stock price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Akamai Technologies has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ctrip.Com International and Akamai Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ctrip.Com International 0 5 8 0 2.62
Akamai Technologies 0 9 11 0 2.55

Ctrip.Com International currently has a consensus target price of $49.08, indicating a potential upside of 28.26%. Akamai Technologies has a consensus target price of $77.43, indicating a potential upside of 6.26%. Given Ctrip.Com International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ctrip.Com International is more favorable than Akamai Technologies.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ctrip.Com International and Akamai Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ctrip.Com International $4.15 billion 4.99 $329.22 million $0.59 64.86
Akamai Technologies $2.50 billion 4.93 $218.32 million $1.90 38.35

Ctrip.Com International has higher revenue and earnings than Akamai Technologies. Akamai Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ctrip.Com International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Ctrip.Com International and Akamai Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ctrip.Com International 18.11% 4.74% 2.46%
Akamai Technologies 6.74% 10.63% 7.35%

Summary

Ctrip.Com International beats Akamai Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ctrip.Com International Company Profile

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. operates as a travel service provider for accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. The company acts as an agent for hotel-related transactions and selling air tickets; and provides other related services, including sale of aviation and train insurance, air-ticket delivery services, online check-in, and other value-added services, such as online seat selection and real-time flight status. It also provides independent leisure travelers bundled packaged-tour products comprising group tours, semi-group tours, and customized tours and packaged tours with various transportation arrangements, such as flights, cruises, buses, and car rental services. In addition, the company offers integrated transportation and accommodation services; various value-added services, such as transportation at destinations and tickets, insurance, visa services, and tour guides; and supplier management and customer relationship management services. Further, it provides its corporate clients with travel data collection and analysis, industry benchmark, cost saving analysis, and travel management solutions; and Corporate Travel Management System, an online platform that integrates information maintenance, online booking and authorization, online enquiry, and travel report system. Additionally, the company offers online advertising services. It operates a travel concept store in Dubai International Airport. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

Akamai Technologies Company Profile

Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides cloud services for delivering, optimizing, and securing content and business applications over the Internet in the United States and internationally. The company offers Web and mobile performance solutions, such as Ion, a situational performance solution; Dynamic Site Accelerator that helps in consistent Website performance; Image Manager that automatically optimizes online images; CloudTest to conduct load testing and other analysis of Websites in a pre-production environment; mPulse that provides real-time Website performance data to provide insight about end-user experiences on a Website; and Global Traffic Management, a fault-tolerant solution. It also provides cloud security solutions, including Web Application Protector to safeguard Web assets from Web application and distributed denial of service; Kona Site Defender, a cloud computing security solution; Bot Manager Premier to identify bots; Fast DNS, which translates human-readable domain names into numerical IP addresses; Prolexic Routed to protect Web- and IP-based applications; and Client Reputation for protection against DDoS and Web application attacks. In addition, the company offers enterprise security solutions, including Enterprise Application Access that enables remote access to applications; and Enterprise Threat Protector to enable enterprise security teams to identify, block, and mitigate targeted threats. Further, it provides network operator solutions, including Aura Licensed CDN, Aura Managed CDN, and Intelligent DNS solutions, as well as professional services and solutions; media delivery solutions, such as adaptive delivery, download delivery, infinite media acceleration, media services, and media analytics solutions; and NetStorage, a cloud storage solution. The company sells its solutions through direct sales and service organization; and channel partners. Akamai Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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