Orange (NYSE: ORAN) and j2 Global (NASDAQ:JCOM) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.
Volatility and Risk
Orange has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, j2 Global has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Orange pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. j2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. j2 Global pays out 58.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
1.2% of Orange shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of j2 Global shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Orange and j2 Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Orange and j2 Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Orange has higher revenue and earnings than j2 Global.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Orange and j2 Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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j2 Global has a consensus target price of $101.75, suggesting a potential upside of 35.92%. Given j2 Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe j2 Global is more favorable than Orange.
j2 Global beats Orange on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Orange SA is a telecommunications operator. The Company also provides telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. The Company’s segments include France, Spain, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg, Central European countries, Africa and Middle East, Enterprise, and International Carriers & Shared Services. The Company provides consumers, businesses and other telecommunications operators with a range of services, including fixed telephony and mobile telecommunications, data transmission and other value-added services, mainly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The Company offers fixed-line telephony, mobile telephony and Internet services in France. The Company offers fixed-line telephony, mobile telephony and Internet services in Spain. The Company offers fixed-line and mobile telephony, and Internet services in Poland. The Company operates through Mobistar and Groupama Banque SA.
About j2 Global
j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company’s cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.
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