MarketAxess (NASDAQ:MKTX) vs. Lion Group (NASDAQ:LGHL) Head to Head Analysis

MarketAxess (NASDAQ:MKTXGet Rating) and Lion Group (NASDAQ:LGHLGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares MarketAxess and Lion Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MarketAxess 35.13% 23.46% 15.21%
Lion Group N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.5% of MarketAxess shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.0% of Lion Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of MarketAxess shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of Lion Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for MarketAxess and Lion Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MarketAxess 0 7 1 0 2.13
Lion Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

MarketAxess currently has a consensus target price of $371.63, suggesting a potential upside of 32.37%. Given MarketAxess’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe MarketAxess is more favorable than Lion Group.

Risk and Volatility

MarketAxess has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lion Group has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MarketAxess and Lion Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MarketAxess $698.95 million 15.04 $257.89 million $6.37 44.07
Lion Group $27.06 million 1.24 $20,000.00 N/A N/A

MarketAxess has higher revenue and earnings than Lion Group.

Summary

MarketAxess beats Lion Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

MarketAxess Company Profile (Get Rating)

MarketAxess Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an electronic trading platform for institutional investor and broker-dealer companies worldwide. It offers the access to liquidity in the U.S. investment-grade bonds, U.S. high-yield bonds, and U.S. Treasuries, as well as municipal bonds, emerging market debts, Eurobonds, and other fixed income securities. The company, through its Open Trading protocols, executes bond trades between and among institutional investor and broker-dealer clients in an all-to-all anonymous trading environment for corporate bonds. It also offers trading-related products and services, including composite+ pricing and other market data products to assist clients with trading decisions; auto-execution and other execution services for clients requiring specialized workflow solutions; connectivity solutions that facilitate straight-through processing; and technology services to optimize trading environments. In addition, the company provides various pre-and post-trade services, such as trade matching, trade publication, regulatory transaction reporting, and market and reference data across a range of fixed-income and other products. MarketAxess Holdings Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Lion Group Company Profile (Get Rating)

Lion Group Holding Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates a trading platform for corporate clients, individual traders, and retail investors. The company's trading platform offers a range of products and services comprising total return swap trading, contracts for difference trading, futures and securities brokerage, and insurance brokerage services. Its trading platform allows users to trade various futures products on futures exchanges worldwide, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Singapore Exchange, the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and Eurex Exchange, as well as stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the People's Republic of China stocks listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Shenzhen Stock Exchange that are eligible for the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programs. The company has a strategic partnership with Grandshores Technology Group Limited and Dawa Future Graphic Technology Co., Ltd. Lion Group Holding Ltd. is headquartered in Singapore.

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