Contrasting Zion Oil & Gas (ZN) and GLENCORE PLC/ADR (GLNCY)

Zion Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:ZN) and GLENCORE PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:GLNCY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Zion Oil & Gas and GLENCORE PLC/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zion Oil & Gas N/A N/A -$9.98 million N/A N/A
GLENCORE PLC/ADR $205.48 billion 0.25 $5.78 billion $0.78 8.99

GLENCORE PLC/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Zion Oil & Gas.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.2% of Zion Oil & Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of GLENCORE PLC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.3% of Zion Oil & Gas shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


GLENCORE PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Zion Oil & Gas does not pay a dividend. GLENCORE PLC/ADR pays out 43.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Zion Oil & Gas and GLENCORE PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zion Oil & Gas N/A -24.70% -18.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Zion Oil & Gas and GLENCORE PLC/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zion Oil & Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
GLENCORE PLC/ADR 0 2 6 0 2.75

Risk & Volatility

Zion Oil & Gas has a beta of -0.12, suggesting that its share price is 112% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GLENCORE PLC/ADR has a beta of 2.06, suggesting that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.


GLENCORE PLC/ADR beats Zion Oil & Gas on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Zion Oil & Gas

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. operates as an oil and gas exploration company in Israel. It holds a petroleum exploration license onshore Israel, the Megiddo-Jezreel License that covers an area of approximately 99,000 acres. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Dallas, Texas.


Glencore plc engages in the production, refinement, processing, storage, transport and marketing of metals and minerals, energy products, and agricultural products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Metals and Minerals, Energy Products, and Agricultural Products. The Metals and Minerals segment is involved in smelting, refining, mining, processing, and storing zinc, copper, lead, alumina, aluminum, ferroalloys, nickel, cobalt, and iron ore. The Energy Products segment activities include coal mining and oil production operations covering crude oil, oil products, steam coal, and metallurgical coal; and investments in ports, vessels, and storage facilities. The Agricultural Products segment engages in the storage, handling, processing, and port facilities of wheat, corn, canola, barley, rice, oil seeds, meals, edible oils, biofuels, cotton, and sugar. Glencore plc markets and delivers physical commodities sourced from third party producers and its production to industrial consumers in the automotive, steel, power generation, oil, and food processing industries. The company was formerly known as Glencore Xstrata plc and changed its name to Glencore plc in May 2014. Glencore plc was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.

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