Head-To-Head Contrast: Raymond James (NYSE:RJF) and Gulf West Investment Properties (NYSE:GLFW)

Raymond James (NYSE:RJF) and Gulf West Investment Properties (OTCMKTS:GLFW) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Raymond James and Gulf West Investment Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Raymond James 10.75% 13.04% 2.06%
Gulf West Investment Properties N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Raymond James and Gulf West Investment Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Raymond James $8.02 billion 1.29 $1.03 billion $7.40 10.16
Gulf West Investment Properties N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Raymond James has higher revenue and earnings than Gulf West Investment Properties.

Risk and Volatility

Raymond James has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulf West Investment Properties has a beta of -0.83, indicating that its stock price is 183% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Raymond James and Gulf West Investment Properties, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Raymond James 2 5 2 1 2.20
Gulf West Investment Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Raymond James presently has a consensus target price of $77.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.38%. Given Raymond James’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Raymond James is more favorable than Gulf West Investment Properties.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.3% of Raymond James shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.8% of Raymond James shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 25.3% of Gulf West Investment Properties shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Raymond James beats Gulf West Investment Properties on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Raymond James

Raymond James Financial, Inc., a financial holding company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the underwriting, distribution, trading, and brokerage of equity and debt securities, and the sale of mutual funds and other investment products in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through Private Client Group, Capital Markets, Asset Management, RJ Bank, and Other segments. The Private Client Group segment provides securities brokerage services, including the sale of equities, mutual funds, fixed income products, and insurance products to their individual clients; and borrowing and lending of securities to and from other broker-dealers, financial institutions, and other counterparties. The Capital Markets segment offers securities brokerage, trading, and research services to institutions with a focus on sale of the United States and Canadian equities and fixed income products; and manages and participates in underwritings, merger and acquisition services, and public finance activities. The Asset Management segment engages in the operations of Eagle, the Eagle Family of Funds, Cougar, the asset management operations of Raymond James & Associates, trust services of Raymond James Trust, and other fee-based asset management programs. The RJ Bank segment provides corporate loans, SBL, tax-exempt loans, and residential loans. The Other segment engages in private equity activities, including various direct and third party private equity investments; and private equity funds. Raymond James Financial, Inc. was founded in 1962 and is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

About Gulf West Investment Properties

Gulf West Investment Properties, Inc. operates as a property developer/builder in the United States. The company offers construction services, which include design, development, supervision, and completion; and marketing services, such as design, engineering, permits, architecture, and planning. It also provides real estate brokerage services for developers and individuals. The company was formerly known as Stratera, Inc. and changed its name to Gulf West Investment Properties, Inc. in September 2009. Gulf West Investment Properties, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 and is based in Tampa, Florida.

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