S&P Global (SPGI) announced on November 30 that it would be acquiring IHS Markit (INFO) for $44 billion. The deal is one of the two largest mergers of 2020 and it has put the market data services industry in the spotlight.
This particular merger was of major interest to me as I have S&P Global, MSCI (MSCI) and Factset Research (FDS) in my 20/2o Model Portfolio. The reason those three stocks got my attention in the first place was due to their earnings and revenue growth. If we look at the Tickeron Screener for these three stocks, all three have really good SMR Ratings. The SMR rating includes sales growth, profit margin, and return on equity—three important fundamental indicators.
The SMR rating is the only fundamental category where all three rank above average, but both MSCI and Factset Research score very well in the Valuation Rating and the Profit vs. Risk rating.
S&P Global scores poorly in its Valuation Rating and the Profit vs. Risk Rating. Those are the only two areas that are a concern for the stock though. MSCI scores poorly in the Outlook Rating while Factset Research scores poorly in its seasonality score. Between the three stocks, those are the only four areas where there is any hint of negativity.
On the technical side, there isn’t a single bearish signal among the three stocks and the seven different indicators. All 21 readings are either neutral or bullish. S&P Global and Factset Research both received bullish signals from their stochastic indicators on November 30 which I thought was interesting. Those two stocks also received bullish signals from the MACD indicators on the same date.
Another area of analysis that got my attention for the three stocks was the sentiment. None of three stocks have extremely high levels of optimism being displayed toward them and Factset Research has quite a bit of pessimism being directed toward it. Looking at the analysts’ ratings for Factset, there are 16 analysts covering the stock with nine “hold” ratings and seven “sell” ratings. Not a single analysts ranks the stock as a buy and that is hard to believe given the company’s strong fundamentals.
S&P Global has seven “buy” ratings and four “hold” ratings while MSCI has six “buy” ratings, five “hold” ratings, and one “sell” rating. Both of those buy percentages are below average.
Turning our attention to the short interest ratios, Factset Research’s ratio is above average at 4.7, while S&P Global and MSCI have short interest ratios that are slightly below the average reading.
When you compare the three companies in all categories, you can see how well they stack up against one another and how they compare to other stocks based on the fundamental and technical analysis.