RELX PLC (NYSE: RELX) and S&P Global (NYSE:MHP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for RELX PLC and S&P Global, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RELX PLC 0 1 6 0 2.86
S&P Global 0 0 1 0 3.00

S&P Global has a consensus price target of $123.00, suggesting a potential upside of 122.91%. Given S&P Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe S&P Global is more favorable than RELX PLC.


This table compares RELX PLC and S&P Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&P Global 29.59% 222.43% 19.91%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RELX PLC and S&P Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RELX PLC $8.74 billion 5.00 $2.62 billion N/A N/A
S&P Global N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

RELX PLC has higher revenue and earnings than S&P Global.


RELX PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. S&P Global does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.3% of RELX PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.


S&P Global beats RELX PLC on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.


RELX PLC is a holding company, which holds interests in RELX Group plc. RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The Company operates in four segments: Scientific, Technical & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal, and Exhibitions. The Company’s Scientific, Technical & Medical segment provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science and advance healthcare. The Risk & Business Analytics segment provides solutions and decision tools that combine public and industry-specific content with technology and analytics. The Legal segment is a provider of information and analytics to professionals in legal, corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Its Exhibitions segment consists of Reed Exhibitions, which is an exhibitions business, with events in over 30 countries.

About S&P Global

S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc., is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, which provides credit ratings, research and analytics to investors, issuers and other market participants; Market and Commodities Intelligence, which offers multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities that integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services, and deliver their customers in the commodity and energy markets access to information, data, analytic services and pricing and benchmarks, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices), which is an index provider that maintains a range of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors. The Company’s subsidiary, CRISIL Limited (CRISIL), is a global analytical company and a provider of ratings, data and research, analytics and solutions.

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