The shares of CRISPR Therapeutics AG have increased by more than 150.79% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 5.20% or $3.54 and now trades at $71.65. The shares of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), has jumped by 31.05% year to date as of 11/29/2019. The shares currently trade at $153.21 and have been able to report a change of 1.00% over the past one week.

The stock of CRISPR Therapeutics AG and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Friday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. The ROI of CRSP is -40.70% while that of PNC is 10.00%. These figures suggest that PNC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CRSP.

Cash Flow

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, CRSP’s free cash flow per share is a positive 4.02, while that of PNC is positive 7.57.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The debt ratio of CRSP is 0.00 compared to 0.80 for PNC. PNC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CRSP.


CRSP currently trades at a P/B of 6.64, and a P/S of 19.24 while PNC trades at a forward P/E of 13.01, a P/B of 1.38, and a P/S of 4.88. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, PNC is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of CRSP is currently at a -7.55% to its one-year price target of 77.50. Looking at its rival pricing, PNC is at a 1.42% relative to its price target of 151.07.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), CRSP is given a 2.10 while 2.60 placed for PNC. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for PNC stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for CRSP is 6.93 while that of PNC is just 2.98. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for PNC stock.


The stock of CRISPR Therapeutics AG defeats that of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. when the two are compared, with CRSP taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. CRSP happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, CRSP is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CRSP is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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