iQIYI (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares iQIYI and Netflix’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
iQIYI N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Netflix $11.69 billion 12.01 $558.92 million $1.25 257.95

Netflix has higher revenue and earnings than iQIYI.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for iQIYI and Netflix, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
iQIYI 0 3 1 0 2.25
Netflix 4 14 29 0 2.53

iQIYI currently has a consensus price target of $28.67, indicating a potential upside of 10.17%. Netflix has a consensus price target of $348.36, indicating a potential upside of 8.04%. Given iQIYI’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe iQIYI is more favorable than Netflix.

Profitability

This table compares iQIYI and Netflix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iQIYI N/A N/A N/A
Netflix 7.13% 25.66% 5.02%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.5% of iQIYI shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of Netflix shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Netflix shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Netflix beats iQIYI on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

iQIYI Company Profile

iQIYI, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online entertainment services under the iQIYI brand name in China. It operates a platform that provides a collection of Internet video content, including professionally-produced content licensed from professional content providers and self-produced content. The company also operates movie theaters in China. In addition, it provides membership, content distribution, live broadcasting, and online gaming services. The company was formerly known as Qiyi.com, Inc. and changed its name to iQIYI, Inc. in November 2017. iQIYI, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Beijing, China. iQIYI, Inc. is a subsidiary of Baidu Holdings Limited.

Netflix Company Profile

Netflix, Inc., an Internet television network, engages in the Internet delivery of television (TV) shows and movies on various Internet-connected screens. It operates in three segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming, and Domestic DVD. The company offers TV shows and movies, including original series, documentaries, and feature films. It offers members with the ability to receive streaming content through a host of Internet-connected screens, including TVs, digital video players, television set-top boxes, and mobile devices. The company also provides DVDs-by-mail membership services. As of January 22, 2018, it had approximately 117 million members in 190 countries. Netflix, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California.

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