EVRAZ (OTCMKTS:EVRZF) and Insteel Industries (NASDAQ:IIIN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.0% of Insteel Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of Insteel Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EVRAZ and Insteel Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

EVRAZ has higher revenue and earnings than Insteel Industries.

Volatility and Risk

EVRAZ has a beta of 0.11, suggesting that its share price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Insteel Industries has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for EVRAZ and Insteel Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Insteel Industries has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.43%. Given Insteel Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Insteel Industries is more favorable than EVRAZ.

Summary

Insteel Industries beats EVRAZ on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

EVRAZ Company Profile

EVRAZ plc, together with its subsidiaries, produces and distributes steel and related products. The company operates through four segments: Steel; Steel, North America; Coal; and Other Operations. Its products include construction products, industrial products, railway products, vanadium products, and pipes, as well as raw materials, such as iron ore, coal, and limestone products. The company is involved in the extraction of vanadium ore; iron ore mining and enrichment; and coal mining and enrichment, as well as energy-generation, shipping, and railway transportation businesses. It has operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States, America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and internationally. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Moscow, Russia. EVRAZ plc is a subsidiary of Lanebrook Limited.

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