Relx Plc (NYSE: RELX) and China Finance Online Co. Limited (NASDAQ:JRJC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Relx Plc has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Finance Online Co. Limited has a beta of 2.57, indicating that its stock price is 157% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Relx Plc and China Finance Online Co. Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Relx Plc N/A N/A N/A
China Finance Online Co. Limited -61.81% -43.68% -21.96%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Relx Plc and China Finance Online Co. Limited’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Relx Plc $9.57 billion 4.58 $2.89 billion N/A N/A
China Finance Online Co. Limited N/A N/A N/A ($1.49) -1.77

Relx Plc has higher revenue and earnings than China Finance Online Co. Limited.

Dividends

Relx Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. China Finance Online Co. Limited does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Relx Plc and China Finance Online Co. Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Relx Plc 0 1 5 0 2.83
China Finance Online Co. Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.2% of Relx Plc shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.6% of China Finance Online Co. Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Relx Plc beats China Finance Online Co. Limited on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Relx Plc Company Profile

RELX PLC is a holding company, which holds interests in RELX Group plc. RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The Company operates in four segments: Scientific, Technical & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal, and Exhibitions. The Company’s Scientific, Technical & Medical segment provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science and advance healthcare. The Risk & Business Analytics segment provides solutions and decision tools that combine public and industry-specific content with technology and analytics. The Legal segment is a provider of information and analytics to professionals in legal, corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Its Exhibitions segment consists of Reed Exhibitions, which is an exhibitions business, with events in over 30 countries.

China Finance Online Co. Limited Company Profile

China Finance Online Co. Limited is a Web-based financial services company in China. The Company provides Chinese retail investors with online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, securities investment advisory services, as well as financial database and analytics services to institutional customers. The Company operates through three segments: commodities brokerage services, online financial information and advisory service, and other related services in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Hong Kong brokerage services. The Company offers financial software, information services and securities investment advisory services to retail investors in China. Through its subsidiary, Shenzhen Genius Information Technology Co., Ltd., the Company provides financial database and analytics to institutional customers, including domestic financial, research, academic and regulatory institutions.

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