Analyzing China Finance Online (JRJC) and SEI Investments (SEIC)

China Finance Online (NASDAQ: JRJC) and SEI Investments (NASDAQ:SEIC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares China Finance Online and SEI Investments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Finance Online -86.19% -64.41% -29.03%
SEI Investments 28.97% 29.07% 24.02%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Finance Online and SEI Investments’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Finance Online $42.62 million 1.05 -$36.73 million N/A N/A
SEI Investments $1.53 billion 6.51 $404.38 million $2.32 27.08

SEI Investments has higher revenue and earnings than China Finance Online.

Volatility & Risk

China Finance Online has a beta of 1.97, indicating that its stock price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEI Investments has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for China Finance Online and SEI Investments, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Finance Online 0 0 0 0 N/A
SEI Investments 0 2 3 0 2.60

SEI Investments has a consensus target price of $72.75, suggesting a potential upside of 15.79%. Given SEI Investments’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SEI Investments is more favorable than China Finance Online.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.7% of China Finance Online shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.0% of SEI Investments shares are held by institutional investors. 17.3% of SEI Investments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

SEI Investments pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. China Finance Online does not pay a dividend. SEI Investments pays out 25.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SEI Investments has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Summary

SEI Investments beats China Finance Online on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Finance Online Company Profile

China Finance Online Co. Limited provides Web-based financial services in the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong. The company operates through three segments: Commodities Brokerage Services; Online Financial Information and Advisory Service, and Other Related Services; and Hong Kong Brokerage Services. It provides online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, and securities investment advisory services to retail investors; and financial database and analytics to institutional investors, including financial, research, academic, and regulatory institutions, as well as financial software products. The company is involved in the operation of Yinglibao, an Internet-based financial platform that integrates wealth management solutions and mutual fund distribution; Securities Master, an integrated securities trading platform; and Investment Master, a Web-based mobile investment advisory service platform that facilitates securities investment advisors to communicate with their clients and followers. In addition, it provides commodities brokerage services; and securities and futures contracts brokerage, and related services to its customers, who invest in stocks listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company offers its products and services to individual investors managing their own money; professional investors, such as institutional investors managing large sums of money on behalf of their clients and high net worth individuals; and other financial professionals, including investment bankers, stock analysts and financial reporters, and middle class individuals. China Finance Online Co. Limited has strategic cooperation agreements with CITIC Securities and China Investment Securities Co., Ltd. to develop finance technology for investment advisory and wealth management services. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

SEI Investments Company Profile

SEI Investments Co. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides wealth management, retirement and investment solutions, asset management, asset administration, investment processing outsourcing solutions, financial services, and investment advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to private banks, independent financial advisers, institutional investors, investment managers, investment advisors, wealth management organizations, corporations, retirement scheme sponsors, not-for-profit organizations, hedge fund managers, registered investment advisers, independent broker-dealers, financial planners, life insurance agents, defined-benefit schemes, defined-contribution schemes, endowments, foundations, and board-designated fund, through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, the firm manages separate client-focused portfolios. It also launches and manages equity, fixed income, and balanced mutual funds, through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, the firm invests in public equity and fixed income markets. It employs fundamental and quantitative analysis with a focus on top-down and bottom-up analysis to make its investments, through its subsidiaries. SEI Investments Co. was founded in 1968 and is based in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

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