Contrasting Virtu Financial (VIRT) and CME Group (CME)

Virtu Financial (NASDAQ: VIRT) and CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.


Virtu Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. CME Group pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Virtu Financial pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CME Group pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Virtu Financial and CME Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Virtu Financial $567.89 million 1.19 $29.28 million $0.72 23.06
CME Group $3.59 billion 11.54 $2.45 billion $4.62 26.38

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Virtu Financial and CME Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Virtu Financial 2 0 0 0 1.00
CME Group 0 3 4 0 2.57

Virtu Financial currently has a consensus target price of $14.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.65%. CME Group has a consensus target price of $126.71, suggesting a potential upside of 3.96%. Given CME Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CME Group is more favorable than Virtu Financial.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.6% of Virtu Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.1% of CME Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.9% of Virtu Financial shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of CME Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Virtu Financial has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CME Group has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Virtu Financial and CME Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Virtu Financial 4.41% 20.72% 2.79%
CME Group 43.62% 7.43% 2.24%


CME Group beats Virtu Financial on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Virtu Financial Company Profile

Virtu Financial, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a technology-enabled market maker and liquidity provider to the financial markets across the world. It is engaged in buying or selling a range of securities and other financial instruments and earning small bid/ask spreads across various transactions. It has a single, multi-asset, multi-currency technology platform, through which it provides quotations to buyers and sellers in equities, commodities, currencies, options, fixed income and other securities on exchanges, markets and liquidity pools in various countries around the world. It makes markets in a range of different assets classes, such as Americas Equities; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Equities; Asia Pacific (APAC) Equities; Global Commodities; Global Currencies, and Options, Fixed Income and Other Securities. It makes markets for global banks, brokers and other intermediaries, and indirectly provides services to retail and institutional investors.

CME Group Company Profile

CME Group Inc., through its exchanges, provides products across all asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The Company’s segment primarily consists of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME), Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc. (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) exchanges. The Company provides electronic trading around the globe on its CME Globex platform. The Company also offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives through its clearinghouses CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe. It also provides hosting, connectivity and customer support for electronic trading through its co-location services. The Company’s CME Direct platform offers side-by-side trading of exchange-listed and privately negotiated markets.

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