EQT (NYSE:EQT) and WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

EQT has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WPX Energy has a beta of 2.33, meaning that its share price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares EQT and WPX Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EQT -6.19% 3.73% 2.24%
WPX Energy -30.02% -0.97% -0.46%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.3% of EQT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.7% of WPX Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of EQT shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of WPX Energy 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 EQT and WPX Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EQT $3.38 billion 3.62 $1.51 billion $1.47 31.55
WPX Energy $1.34 billion 5.70 -$16.00 million ($0.42) -43.17

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

Dividends

EQT pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. WPX Energy does not pay a dividend. EQT pays out 8.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for EQT and WPX Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EQT 0 5 8 0 2.62
WPX Energy 0 1 24 1 3.00

EQT presently has a consensus price target of $64.67, indicating a potential upside of 39.43%. WPX Energy has a consensus price target of $22.96, indicating a potential upside of 26.64%. Given EQT’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe EQT is more favorable than WPX Energy.

Summary

EQT beats WPX Energy on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EQT

EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in natural gas industry in the United States. Its EQT Production segment produces natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil. As of December 31, 2017, this segment operated 21.4 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas, NGLs, and crude oil reserves across approximately 4.0 million gross acres comprising approximately 1.1 million gross acres. The company's EQM Gathering segment is involved in natural gas gathering activities. This segment operates approximately 300 miles of high pressure gathering lines with approximately 2.3 billion cubic feet of total firm gathering capacity, and compression capacity of 189,000 horsepower and various interconnect points; and approximately 1,500 miles of FERC-regulated low pressure gathering lines. Its EQM Transmission segment engages in natural gas transmission and storage activities. This segment operates approximately 950-mile FERC-regulated interstate pipeline that connects to seven interstate pipelines and distribution companies. The company's Gathering segment is involved in the gathering of natural gas assets. This segment operates approximately 178 mile high pressure dry gas gathering system with approximately 5.1 trillion British thermal units of gathering capacity and compression capacity of approximately 85,000 horsepower that connects to five interstate pipelines. Its RMP Water segment assets include water pipelines, impoundment facilities, pumping stations, take point facilities, and measurement facilities used to support well completion activities, as well as to collect, and recycle or dispose of flowback and produced water. This segment operates access to 29.4 million gallons (MMgal) of water from the Monongahela River and various other regional water sources, as well as to 14.0 MMgal of water from the Ohio River and various other regional water sources. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About WPX Energy

WPX Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, engages in the exploitation and development of unconventional properties in the United States. The company's principal areas of operation include the Delaware Basin in Texas and New Mexico; the Williston Basin in North Dakota; and the San Juan Basin in New Mexico and Colorado. As of December 31, 2017, it had proved reserves of 436 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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