Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) (NYSE:CHU) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Superconductor Technologies and China Unicom (Hong Kong), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
China Unicom (Hong Kong) 4 1 5 0 2.10

Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 165.49%. China Unicom (Hong Kong) has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential downside of 13.31%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than China Unicom (Hong Kong).

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and China Unicom (Hong Kong)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superconductor Technologies $39,999.00 302.68 -$8.69 million ($2.04) -0.55
China Unicom (Hong Kong) $40.74 billion 0.85 $11.76 billion N/A N/A

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than Superconductor Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and China Unicom (Hong Kong)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superconductor Technologies -26,445.00% -99.84% -90.61%
China Unicom (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, China Unicom (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.0% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.2% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 77.5% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

China Unicom (Hong Kong) beats Superconductor Technologies on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Company Profile

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the provision of telecommunications services. The Company’s businesses include mobile businesses, fixed-line businesses and others. Its mobile businesses include the provision of call services, roaming services, mobile broadband services, traditional value-added services such as short message services, multimedia message services and wireless Internet access card, as well as new value-added services such as mobile music, mobile television and Wo portal services. Its fixed-line businesses include broadband and Internet networks businesses, among others. The Company’s subsidiaries include CUCL, China Unicom Global Limited and China Unicom (Europe) Operations Limited.

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