Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ:MDSO) and Link Motion (NYSE:LKM) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.3% of Link Motion shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Medidata Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Medidata Solutions and Link Motion, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Medidata Solutions 1 4 5 0 2.40
Link Motion 0 0 0 0 N/A

Medidata Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $83.70, suggesting a potential upside of 12.64%. Given Medidata Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Medidata Solutions is more favorable than Link Motion.

Volatility & Risk

Medidata Solutions has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Link Motion has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Medidata Solutions and Link Motion’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Medidata Solutions $545.53 million 8.33 $44.38 million $0.85 87.42
Link Motion $57.61 million 0.26 -$27.12 million N/A N/A

Medidata Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Link Motion.

Profitability

This table compares Medidata Solutions and Link Motion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Medidata Solutions 8.43% 10.70% 5.69%
Link Motion N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Medidata Solutions beats Link Motion on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Medidata Solutions Company Profile

Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based solutions for life sciences worldwide. It offers the Medidata Clinical Cloud, a platform, pioneering analytics, and clinical technology for the development of new therapies. The company's platform solutions include data capture and management and trial planning and management. It also provides professional services, such as implementation, sponsor enablement, strategic consulting, partner and ongoing support, and e-learning and training. The company markets and sells its cloud-based solutions through a direct sales force, as well as through relationships with contract research organizations (CROs) and other strategic partners. It serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies; academic research centers, government, and other non-profit organizations; and CROs and other entities engaged in clinical trials. Medidata Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Link Motion Company Profile

Link Motion Inc. operates as a smart car and smart ride company in the People's Republic of China and internationally. Its offerings include enabling technology solutions and secure connected carputers for the ecosystem of car businesses; and consumer ride sharing services, as well as mobile security, productivity, and other related applications. The company was formerly known as NQ Mobile Inc. and changed its name to Link Motion Inc. in March 2018. Link Motion Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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