SPX (NYSE: SPXC) and Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares SPX and Parker-Hannifin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX -3.86% 37.49% 4.23%
Parker-Hannifin 8.37% 23.61% 8.13%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for SPX and Parker-Hannifin, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX 0 0 0 0 N/A
Parker-Hannifin 0 7 13 0 2.65

Parker-Hannifin has a consensus price target of $187.95, suggesting a potential downside of 2.61%. Given Parker-Hannifin’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Parker-Hannifin is more favorable than SPX.

Volatility & Risk

SPX has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Parker-Hannifin has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.4% of SPX shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of Parker-Hannifin shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of SPX shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Parker-Hannifin shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SPX and Parker-Hannifin’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX $1.47 billion 0.90 -$67.20 million ($1.36) -22.78
Parker-Hannifin $12.03 billion 2.14 $983.41 million $7.78 24.80

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


Parker-Hannifin pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. SPX does not pay a dividend. Parker-Hannifin pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Parker-Hannifin beats SPX on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

SPX Company Profile

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

Parker-Hannifin Company Profile

Parker-Hannifin Corporation is a manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision engineered solutions for a range of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The Company operates through segments: Diversified Industrial and Aerospace Systems. The Diversified Industrial Segment is an aggregation of several business units, which manufacture motion-control and fluid power system components for builders and users of various types of manufacturing, packaging, processing, transportation, agricultural, construction, and military vehicles and equipment. The Diversified Industrial Segment consists of Automation Group, Engineered Materials Group, Filtration Group, Fluid Connectors Group, Hydraulics Group and Instrumentation Group. The Aerospace Systems Segment produces hydraulic, fuel, pneumatic and electro-mechanical systems and components, which are utilized on domestic commercial, military and general aviation aircrafts.

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