(CARS) and Autohome (ATHM) Critical Analysis (NYSE: CARS) and Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for and Autohome, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score 0 2 2 0 2.50
Autohome 0 0 4 0 3.00 currently has a consensus target price of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.81%. Autohome has a consensus target price of $74.95, indicating a potential downside of 14.94%. Given’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe is more favorable than Autohome.


This table compares and Autohome’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets 35.84% 8.16% 5.70%
Autohome 32.35% 25.51% 17.72%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares and Autohome’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio $626.26 million 3.41 $224.44 million N/A N/A
Autohome $954.49 million 10.91 $307.64 million $2.55 34.55

Autohome has higher revenue and earnings than

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.8% of Autohome shares are held by institutional investors. 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.


Autohome beats on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Inc. owns a digital automotive marketplace business ( is an online research destination for car shoppers. The Company is engaged in the sale of online subscription advertising products targeting car dealerships. It offers a suite of products and services targeting the automotive needs of its buyer and seller customers. offers a digital automotive marketplace search engine that helps car buyers to make informed purchasing decisions and helps sellers to engage with a portion of their target customer base. This online automotive marketplace service connects buyers and sellers across five Websites:,,, and Its automotive marketplace products also include credible user and automotive and dealer reviews. It is also engaged in the sale of display advertising to national advertisers. Car buyers and car owners interface with primarily through the sites and mobile applications.

About Autohome

Autohome Inc. is an online destination for automobile consumers in China. The Company is engaged in the provision of online advertising and dealer subscription services in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Company, through its Websites, and, and mobile applications, delivers content to automobile buyers and owners. These services are offered to automakers and dealers, and advertising agencies that represent automakers and dealers in the automobile industry. The Company’s targets automobile consumers with a focus on new automobiles. The Company’s professionally produced content is created by editorial team and includes automobile-related articles and reviews, pricing trends in various local markets, and photos and video clips. Its database also includes new and used automobile listings and promotional information. Its dealer subscription services allow dealers to market their inventory and services through its Websites.

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