Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) and China Information Technology (NASDAQ:CNIT) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Symantec and China Information Technology, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec 1 14 9 0 2.33
China Information Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Symantec presently has a consensus target price of $32.27, indicating a potential upside of 13.96%. Given Symantec’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Symantec is more favorable than China Information Technology.

Volatility and Risk

Symantec has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Information Technology has a beta of 2.15, meaning that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Symantec pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. China Information Technology does not pay a dividend. Symantec pays out -51.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Symantec and China Information Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec -5.29% 12.33% 2.65%
China Information Technology N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.7% of Symantec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.1% of China Information Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 45.4% of China Information Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Symantec and China Information Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec $4.02 billion 4.37 -$106.00 million ($0.58) -48.83
China Information Technology $10.19 million 5.76 -$18.17 million ($0.45) -3.24

China Information Technology has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Symantec. Symantec is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China Information Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Symantec beats China Information Technology on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection and cyber security services. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security, Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks.

About China Information Technology

China Information Technology, Inc (CNIT) is a leading Internet service company that provides integrated cloud-based solutions enabling innovation and smart living in the fields of new media, elevator safety management, education, etc. Through continuous innovation, CNIT is aiming to leverage its proprietary Cloud-Application-Terminal technology to level the competitive landscape in the new media industry and deliver value for its shareholders, employees, customers, and the community.

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