Head-To-Head Comparison: HealthStream (HSTM) and Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL)

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HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) and Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares HealthStream and Alphabet Inc Class A’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HealthStream $247.66 million 3.92 $10.00 million $0.27 111.26
Alphabet Inc Class A $110.86 billion 7.86 $12.66 billion $32.05 39.08

Alphabet Inc Class A has higher revenue and earnings than HealthStream. Alphabet Inc Class A is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HealthStream, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.1% of HealthStream shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.5% of Alphabet Inc Class A shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.1% of HealthStream shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of Alphabet Inc Class A shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares HealthStream and Alphabet Inc Class A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HealthStream 13.79% 3.75% 2.70%
Alphabet Inc Class A 13.16% 18.24% 14.32%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for HealthStream and Alphabet Inc Class A, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HealthStream 0 5 1 0 2.17
Alphabet Inc Class A 0 4 31 0 2.89

HealthStream currently has a consensus price target of $26.20, suggesting a potential downside of 12.78%. Alphabet Inc Class A has a consensus price target of $1,306.54, suggesting a potential upside of 4.31%. Given Alphabet Inc Class A’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Alphabet Inc Class A is more favorable than HealthStream.

Risk & Volatility

HealthStream has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alphabet Inc Class A has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Alphabet Inc Class A beats HealthStream on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HealthStream

HealthStream, Inc. provides workforce and provider solutions to the healthcare organizations in the United States. It operates in HealthStream Workforce Solutions and HealthStream Provider Solutions segments. The company offers workforce development solutions comprising software-as-a-service (SaaS) and subscription-based products to meet talent management, training, certification, competency assessment, performance appraisal, and development needs, as well as training, implementation, and account management services. It also provides applications for recruiting and applicant tracking; learning; performance appraisal; compensation management; succession planning; competency management; credentialing and privileging; provider enrollment; disclosure management; clinical development; simulation-based education; and industry-sponsored training. In addition, the company offers EchoCredentialing, a platform that manages medical staff credentialing and privileging processes; EchoOneApp, an enrollment platform; and EchoAccess, a platform that supports hospital call centers. Further, it provides Verity, a SaaS-based credentialing, privileging, and enrollment solution. The company markets its products and services to healthcare industry, including private, not for profit, and government entities, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device companies. HealthStream, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Alphabet Inc Class A

Alphabet Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States and internationally. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. It operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes principal Internet products, such as Ads, Android, Chrome, Commerce, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Hardware, Search, and YouTube, as well as technical infrastructure and newer efforts, including Virtual Reality. This segment also offers digital content, enterprise cloud services, and hardware products, as well as other miscellaneous products and services. The Other Bets segment includes businesses, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo, and X, as well as fiber Internet and Television services. Alphabet Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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