Reviewing Jefferies Group (JEF) and Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) (GS)

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GS) and Jefferies Group (NYSE:JEF) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) and Jefferies Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) 26.42% 11.34% 0.95%
Jefferies Group N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Jefferies Group does not pay a dividend. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) pays out 15.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Jefferies Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) and Jefferies Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) 3 13 11 0 2.30
Jefferies Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus target price of $244.76, suggesting a potential upside of 3.52%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.0% of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) and Jefferies Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) $30.61 billion 2.91 $7.40 billion $19.25 12.28
Jefferies Group N/A N/A N/A $1.09 N/A

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Jefferies Group. Jefferies Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) beats Jefferies Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) Company Profile

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is an investment banking, securities and investment management company that provides a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. The Company operates in four business segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. The Investment Banking segment consists of financial advisory and underwriting. The Institutional Client Services segment makes markets and facilitates client transactions in fixed income, equity, currency and commodity products. The investing and lending activities, which are typically longer-term, include its investing and relationship lending activities across various asset classes, primarily debt securities and loans, public and private equity securities, infrastructure and real estate. The Investment Management segment provides investment and wealth advisory services. As of December 2016, it had offices in over 30 countries.

Jefferies Group Company Profile

Jefferies Group LLC and its subsidiaries operate as a securities and investment banking firm. The Company operates in two business segments: Capital Markets segment consists of the Company’s securities and commodities trading activities and its investment banking activities, and Asset Management segment includes asset management activities and related services. On July 1, 2011, the Company acquired the Bache Global Commodities Group from Prudential Financial, Inc., and as of November 30, 2011, the Company operated a futures commission merchant through Jefferies Bache, LLC in the United States and a global commodities and financial derivatives broker through Jefferies Bache Limited in the United Kingdom. Effective March 1, 2013, Leucadia National Corp (Leucadia) acquired the remaining 71.4% interest in Jefferies Group Inc . Effective March 1, 2013, Leucadia National Corp (Leucadia) acquired the remaining 71.4% interest in Jefferies Group Inc.

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