Blue Sphere (BLSP) and Baidu (BIDU) Head-To-Head Review

Blue Sphere (OTCMKTS:BLSP) and Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Blue Sphere and Baidu’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Sphere -167.60% -386.76% -37.44%
Baidu 30.06% 15.45% 7.80%

Volatility and Risk

Blue Sphere has a beta of -2.55, suggesting that its stock price is 355% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Baidu has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.9% of Baidu shares are held by institutional investors. 8.1% of Blue Sphere shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Blue Sphere and Baidu’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Sphere $3.82 million 0.02 -$3.90 million N/A N/A
Baidu $13.03 billion 5.08 $2.81 billion $8.06 23.67

Baidu has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Sphere.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Blue Sphere and Baidu, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Sphere 0 0 0 0 N/A
Baidu 0 4 14 0 2.78

Baidu has a consensus price target of $278.00, indicating a potential upside of 45.73%. Given Baidu’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Baidu is more favorable than Blue Sphere.

Summary

Baidu beats Blue Sphere on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blue Sphere Company Profile

Blue Sphere Corporation operates as a developer and independent power producer in the clean energy production and waste to energy markets. The company focuses on projects related to the acquisition, construction, and development of biogas facilities in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Israel. It also focuses on soil amendments, compost, and other by-products. The company was formerly known as Jin Jie Corp. and changed its name to Blue Sphere Corporation in February 2010. Blue Sphere Corporation was founded in 2007 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Baidu Company Profile

Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services in China and internationally. It operates through two segments, Baidu Core and iQIYI. The Baidu Core segment offers products for uses, including Baidu App to access search, feed, and other services using mobile devices; Baidu Search to access its search and other services through mobile browsers; Baidu Feed that provides users with personalized timeline to meet their personal interests reflected in their past online behaviors, such as search and browsing, and their demographics; and Bear Paw Account that enables verified brands and businesses to aggregate their content from Websites, wapsites, and open-platform apps. It also provides Baijiahao, a publisher platform for content providers; Baidu Post Bar, a social media platform; Haokan Videos, an online short-form video aggregation platform; Baidu Knows, a knowledge sharing platform; Baidu Encyclopedia; Baidu Education, an online educational resources platform; Baidu Mobile Assistant, a mobile app marketplace; Baidu Mobile Guardian, a phone security software; DuerOS, a conversational artificial intelligence platform; Baidu Wallet, an online and mobile payment service; Baidu Consumer Credit, an installment payment service; Baidu Wealth Management, a wealth management service; Baidu Maps that offers services relating to locations and intelligent routing and navigation; Baidu Cloud Drive, a personal cloud service platform; and various mobile products and services. In addition, this segment offers online marketing services based on search queries, contextuals, audience attributes, media and placement attributes, as well as Baidu Feed; Baidu Cloud, a public cloud computing platform; and Apollo, an open source autonomous driving platform. The iQIYI segment provides Internet video streaming services. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

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