Reviewing E.I. du Pont de Nemours and (DD) & General Electric (NYSE:GE)

General Electric (NYSE: GE) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and (NYSE:DD) are both large-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares General Electric and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
General Electric $119.93 billion 1.94 $17.64 billion $0.98 27.37
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and $24.93 billion 2.94 $5.22 billion $2.73 31.01

General Electric has higher revenue and earnings than E.I. du Pont de Nemours and. General Electric is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than E.I. du Pont de Nemours and, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares General Electric and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Electric 7.48% 16.59% 3.57%
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and 9.63% 31.66% 7.87%

Risk & Volatility

General Electric has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for General Electric and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Electric 2 8 9 0 2.37
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and 0 5 6 0 2.55

General Electric currently has a consensus target price of $30.33, suggesting a potential upside of 13.10%. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and has a consensus target price of $79.27, suggesting a potential downside of 6.37%. Given General Electric’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe General Electric is more favorable than E.I. du Pont de Nemours and.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

54.2% of General Electric shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.1% of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of General Electric shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

General Electric pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. General Electric pays out 98.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and pays out 55.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and beats General Electric on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

General Electric Company Profile

General Electric Company is a global digital industrial company. The Company’s products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, and oil and gas production equipment to medical imaging, financing and industrial products. Its segments include Power, which includes products and services related to energy production and water reuse; Renewable Energy, which offers renewable power sources; Oil & Gas, including liquefied natural gas and pipelines; Aviation, which includes commercial and military aircraft engines, and integrated digital components, among others; Healthcare, which provides healthcare technologies in medical imaging, digital solutions, patient monitoring and diagnostics, and drug discovery, among others; Transportation, which is a supplier to the railroad, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries; Energy Connections & Lighting, which includes Energy Connections and Lighting businesses, and Capital, which is a financial services division.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Profile

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company is a science and technology-based company. It operates through six segments: Agriculture, Electronics & Communications (E&C), Industrial Biosciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Materials and Protection Solutions. Its Agriculture segment includes products, such as corn hybrids and soybean varieties, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Its E&C segment includes products, such as printing and packaging materials, photopolymers and electronic materials. Its Industrial Biosciences segment includes products, such as enzymes, bio-based materials and process technologies. Its Nutrition & Health segment includes products, such as probiotics, cultures, emulsifiers, natural sweeteners and soy-based food ingredients. Its Performance Materials segment includes products, such as engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films and elastomers. Its Protection Solutions segment includes products, such as nonwovens, aramids and solid surfaces.

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