Move (NASDAQ: MOVE) and Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Move and Equinix, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Move 0 0 0 0 N/A
Equinix 0 4 14 0 2.78

Equinix has a consensus price target of $465.59, indicating a potential upside of 3.85%. Given Equinix’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Equinix is more favorable than Move.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Move and Equinix’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Move N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Equinix N/A N/A N/A $2.73 164.22

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.2% of Equinix shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Equinix shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Move and Equinix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Move N/A N/A N/A
Equinix 5.18% 5.51% 2.01%

Dividends

Equinix pays an annual dividend of $8.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Move does not pay a dividend. Equinix pays out 293.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Equinix beats Move on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Move Company Profile

Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp, is a United States-based company that provides online real estate services and operates the Move network of real estate websites and mobile experiences for consumers and real estate professionals. The Move network reaches more than 30 million people per month and includes realtor.com, Moving.com, SeniorHousingNet.comSM, Doorsteps, ListHub, Top Producer Systems, TigerLead, FiveStreetSM and others. The Move network also includes mobile experiences through its realtor.com mobile real estate search applications for iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 8, and Android, as well as the m.realtor.com website. The Move network provides resources and tools for consumers and real estate professionals to help navigate all stages of the home-buying cycle.

Equinix Company Profile

Equinix, Inc. (Equinix) connects businesses with partners and customers worldwide through a global platform of data centers. The Company connects approximately 4000 customers, across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific. Platform Equinix combines international business exchange (IBX) data centers, a global footprint and ecosystems. The Company offers each customer a choice of business partners and solutions based on their colocation, interconnection and managed IT service needs. Equinix offers customers direct interconnection to an aggregation of bandwidth providers, including the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), broadband access networks (DSL/cable) and international carriers. Its customers include carriers and other bandwidth providers, cloud and information technology (IT) services providers, content providers, financial companies and global enterprises. In July 2014, it acquired ALOG Data Centers of Brazil S.A.

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