Move (NASDAQ: MOVE) and j2 Global (NASDAQ:JCOM) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

j2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Move does not pay a dividend. j2 Global pays out 50.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Move and j2 Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Move N/A N/A N/A
j2 Global 14.74% 26.62% 11.63%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Move and j2 Global’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Move N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
j2 Global $989.80 million 3.56 $384.15 million $2.98 24.50

j2 Global has higher revenue and earnings than Move.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Move and j2 Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Move 0 0 0 0 N/A
j2 Global 0 1 3 0 2.75

j2 Global has a consensus price target of $101.00, indicating a potential upside of 38.32%. Given j2 Global’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe j2 Global is more favorable than Move.

Summary

j2 Global beats Move on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Move

Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp, is a United States-based company that provides online real estate services and operates the Move network of real estate websites and mobile experiences for consumers and real estate professionals. The Move network reaches more than 30 million people per month and includes realtor.com, Moving.com, SeniorHousingNet.comSM, Doorsteps, ListHub, Top Producer Systems, TigerLead, FiveStreetSM and others. The Move network also includes mobile experiences through its realtor.com mobile real estate search applications for iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 8, and Android, as well as the m.realtor.com website. The Move network provides resources and tools for consumers and real estate professionals to help navigate all stages of the home-buying cycle.

About j2 Global

j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company’s cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.

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