Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) and Vishay Precision Group (NYSE:VPG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Keysight Technologies and Vishay Precision Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keysight Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Keysight Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $45.88, indicating a potential upside of 9.75%. Vishay Precision Group has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.36%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than Keysight Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Keysight Technologies has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Keysight Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Keysight Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Keysight Technologies and Vishay Precision Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keysight Technologies $2.95 billion 2.63 $611.00 million $1.96 21.33
Vishay Precision Group $228.09 million 1.02 $28.55 million $0.59 29.75

Keysight Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Vishay Precision Group. Keysight Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vishay Precision Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Keysight Technologies and Vishay Precision Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keysight Technologies 11.61% 22.62% 9.03%
Vishay Precision Group 3.47% 6.19% 3.98%

Summary

Keysight Technologies beats Vishay Precision Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a measurement company engaged in providing electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries. The Company provides electronic design and test instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and related services that are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment. The Company operates through three segments: Communications Solutions Group (CSG), Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) and Services Solutions Group (SSG). The CSG and EISG segments provide electronic design and test software, instruments, and systems used in the simulation, design, validation, manufacturing, installation and optimization of electronic equipment. The SSG segment provides integrated service solutions, including repair and calibration services, professional services and remanufactured equipment.

About Vishay Precision Group

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

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