Analyzing Qutoutiao (QTT) & Autoweb (AUTO)

Autoweb (NASDAQ:AUTO) and Qutoutiao (NASDAQ:QTT) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.1% of Autoweb shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Qutoutiao shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.6% of Autoweb shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Autoweb and Qutoutiao’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autoweb $125.59 million 0.36 -$38.82 million ($1.10) -3.15
Qutoutiao $43.70 million 28.78 -$282.54 million ($2.10) -2.11

Autoweb has higher revenue and earnings than Qutoutiao. Autoweb is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Qutoutiao, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Autoweb and Qutoutiao, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autoweb 0 1 1 0 2.50
Qutoutiao 0 2 2 0 2.50

Autoweb presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 44.09%. Qutoutiao has a consensus target price of $12.25, suggesting a potential upside of 175.90%. Given Qutoutiao’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Qutoutiao is more favorable than Autoweb.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autoweb -27.15% -40.01% -25.32%
Qutoutiao N/A N/A N/A


Qutoutiao beats Autoweb on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Autoweb

AutoWeb, Inc. operates as a digital marketing company for the automotive industry in the United States. It assists automotive retail dealers and manufacturers to market and sell new and used vehicles to consumers through its programs. The company's products include new vehicle lead program, which allows consumers to submit requests for pricing and availability of specific makes and models; and used vehicle lead program, which allows consumers to search for used vehicles according to search parameters, such as price, make, model, mileage, year, and location of the vehicle. The company's products and services also comprise WebLeads+ that offers various coupon options, which display marketing messages to consumers visiting the dealer's Website; and Payment Pro, a dealer Website conversion tool that offers consumers real-time online monthly payment information, as well as sells fixed placement advertising across its Website to automotive advertisers. It owns and operates automotive Websites that offers consumers with the information and tools to aid them with their automotive purchase decisions; an automotive search engine that enables manufactures and dealers to optimize advertising campaigns; and AutoWeb Traffic Product, a pay-per-click advertising program that offer targeted offers to consumers based on make, model, and geographic location. The company was formerly known as Autobytel Inc. and changed its name to AutoWeb, Inc. in October 2017. AutoWeb, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

About Qutoutiao

Qutoutiao Inc. operates mobile platforms for the distribution, consumption, and sharing of light entertainment content in the People's Republic of China. The company operates Qutoutiao, a mobile application that aggregates articles and short videos from professional media and freelancers and presents customized feeds to users; and Quduopai, a mobile application that allows users to create, upload, and view videos. It also provides Midu Novels, a mobile literature application that offers users free literature supported by advertising. The company was formerly known as Qtech Ltd. and changed its name to Qutoutiao Inc. in July 2018. Qutoutiao Inc. was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China.

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