DTE Energy (NASDAQ: DTV) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Comcast pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. DTE Energy does not pay a dividend. Comcast pays out 30.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for DTE Energy and Comcast, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DTE Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comcast 0 1 25 0 2.96

Comcast has a consensus price target of $46.14, suggesting a potential upside of 16.74%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DTE Energy and Comcast’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DTE Energy N/A N/A N/A $5.76 N/A
Comcast $80.40 billion 2.30 $8.70 billion $2.07 19.05

Comcast has higher revenue and earnings than DTE Energy. DTE Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comcast, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.5% of Comcast shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Comcast shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares DTE Energy and Comcast’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DTE Energy 8.96% N/A 11.77%
Comcast 11.99% 17.17% 5.30%

Summary

Comcast beats DTE Energy on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

DTE Energy Company Profile

DIRECTV is a provider of digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The Company operates two direct-to-home (DTH) business units: DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America, which are engaged in acquiring, promoting, selling and distributing digital entertainment programming primarily through satellite to residential and commercial subscribers. In addition, the Company owns and operates two regional sports networks, and also owns non-controlling interests in two others, ROOT SPORTS Northwest and ROOT SPORTS Houston. The Company’s reportable segments include DIRECTV U.S., Sky Brasil and PanAmericana, which are engaged in acquiring, promoting, selling and distributing digital entertainment programming, and the Sports Networks, Eliminations and Other segment, which includes its regional sports networks that provide programming to local professional sports teams and college sporting events and locally produce their own programming.

Comcast Company Profile

Comcast Corporation is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Its Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks. Its Cable Communications segment consists of the operations of Comcast Cable, which provides video, high-speed Internet and voice services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. Its Cable Networks segment consists of a portfolio of national cable networks. Its Broadcast Television segment operates the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks. Its Filmed Entertainment segment primarily produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment across the world, and it also develops, produces and licenses live stage plays. Its Theme Parks segment consists primarily of its Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California.

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