Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) and Qunar Cayman Islands (NASDAQ:QUNR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.2% of Blucora shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.9% of Qunar Cayman Islands shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.1% of Blucora shares are owned by 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.

Profitability

This table compares Blucora and Qunar Cayman Islands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blucora -8.03% 11.92% 5.43%
Qunar Cayman Islands -67.87% -291.65% -30.15%

Volatility and Risk

Blucora has a beta of -0.21, indicating that its share price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qunar Cayman Islands has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Blucora and Qunar Cayman Islands, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blucora 0 1 3 0 2.75
Qunar Cayman Islands 0 0 0 0 N/A

Blucora presently has a consensus target price of $25.33, suggesting a potential downside of 1.23%. Given Blucora’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Blucora is more favorable than Qunar Cayman Islands.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Blucora and Qunar Cayman Islands’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blucora $491.58 million 2.34 $92.46 million ($1.02) -25.15
Qunar Cayman Islands N/A N/A N/A ($8.43) -3.61

Blucora has higher revenue and earnings than Qunar Cayman Islands. Blucora is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Qunar Cayman Islands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Blucora beats Qunar Cayman Islands on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blucora

Blucora, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. The Company operates through the Wealth Management and Tax Preparation segments. The Company’s Wealth Management segment consists of HD Vest, which provides financial advisors with an integrated platform of brokerage, investment advisory and insurance services to assist in making each financial advisor a financial service center for his/her clients The Company’s Tax Preparation segment provides digital do-it-yourself (DDIY) tax preparation solutions for consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. TaxAct, a provider of digital tax preparation solutions. HD Vest’s specialized model provides an open-architecture investment platform and technology tools to help financial advisors identify investment opportunities for their clients. TaxAct offers pricing and packaging options for tax professionals.

About Qunar Cayman Islands

Qunar Cayman Islands Limited (Qunar) is engaged in offering mobile and online commerce platform for travel in China. The Company offers a range of travel products, including flights, hotels, vacations packages, attraction tickets and other travel related offerings. The Company offers Qunar Travel, which is a mobile application that enables its users to search for and purchase travel products. The Company’s software as a service (SaaS) system provides an online presence for over 360,000 travel service providers. Its search engine provides real-time travel products information directly sourced from travel service providers and through its SaaS platform. The Company’s main lines of business include flight tickets, hotels, vacation packages and attraction tickets. It offers display advertising, train tickets, car services, tour guides and other services. Its system provides instant confirmation of booking, rescheduling and cancellation for its flight ticket transactions.

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