IHS Markit (NASDAQ:INFO) and Infinite Group (OTCMKTS:IMCI) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares IHS Markit and Infinite Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|IHS Markit||$4.01 billion||5.63||$542.30 million||$1.98||26.82|
|Infinite Group||$7.41 million||0.04||-$320,000.00||N/A||N/A|
IHS Markit has higher revenue and earnings than Infinite Group.
This table compares IHS Markit and Infinite Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of current recommendations for IHS Markit and Infinite Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
IHS Markit currently has a consensus target price of $57.71, suggesting a potential upside of 8.67%. Given IHS Markit’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe IHS Markit is more favorable than Infinite Group.
Risk and Volatility
IHS Markit has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Infinite Group has a beta of 3.3, indicating that its share price is 230% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
95.7% of IHS Markit shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of IHS Markit shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 39.4% of Infinite Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
IHS Markit beats Infinite Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
IHS Markit Company Profile
IHS Markit Ltd. provides critical information, analytics, and solutions for various industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company’s information, analytics, and solutions enhance operational efficiency and offer deep insights for customers in business, finance, and government. Its Resources segment provides upstream, midstream, downstream, and power/gas/coal/renewables services. This segment also offers data for manufacturing processes, as well as capital expenditure, cost, price, production, trade, demand, and capacity industry analysis and forecasts. The company’s Transportation segment provides authoritative analysis, as well as sales and production forecasts for light vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, powertrains, components, and technology systems; and performance measurement tools and marketing solutions for carmakers, dealers, and agencies. It also offers comprehensive data on ships, as well as monthly import and export statistics on approximately 90 countries; and specifications for military vehicles, naval vessels, and aircraft types. The company’s Consolidated Markets & Solutions segment provides discovery technologies, research tools, and software-based engineering decision engines; components and devices, performance analytics, and end market intelligence for technology, media, and telecom industries; and economic and risk data, forecast, and analytic tools. Its Financial Services segment provides pricing and reference data, indices, valuation and trading services, trade processing, enterprise software, and managed services to traders, portfolio managers, risk managers, research professionals, and other financial markets participants, as well as operations, compliance, and enterprise data managers. IHS Markit Ltd. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
Infinite Group Company Profile
Infinite Group, Inc. provides managed information technology (IT) and virtualization services, and develops and provides cybersecurity tools and solutions to private businesses and government agencies in the United States. It offers Nodeware, an automated network vulnerability management system that assesses vulnerabilities in a computer network using scanning technology. The company also provides cloud computing services, including public and private cloud architecture, hybrid cloud hosting, server virtualization, and desktop virtualization solutions; and level 2 Microsoft and Hewlett Packard server, and software-based managed services through its partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. In addition, it sells third party software licenses, as well as offers virtualization support services. The company was formerly known as Infinite Machines Corp. and changed its name to Infinite Group, Inc. in January 1998. Infinite Group, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Pittsford, New York.
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