CME Group (CME) and Curo Group (CURO) Head-To-Head Review

CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) and Curo Group (NYSE:CURO) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CME Group 111.49% 7.68% 2.11%
Curo Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.7% of CME Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.7% of Curo Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of CME Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


CME Group pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Curo Group does not pay a dividend. CME Group pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for CME Group and Curo Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CME Group 0 3 9 0 2.75
Curo Group 0 0 5 0 3.00

CME Group presently has a consensus target price of $158.36, suggesting a potential downside of 0.98%. Curo Group has a consensus target price of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.50%. Given Curo Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Curo Group is more favorable than CME Group.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CME Group $3.64 billion 14.88 $4.06 billion $11.94 13.39
Curo Group $963.63 million 0.80 $49.15 million N/A N/A

CME Group has higher revenue and earnings than Curo Group.


CME Group beats Curo Group on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Curo Group Company Profile

CURO Group Holdings Corp. is a technology enabled and diversified consumer finance company. The Company operates in the United States under two principal brands, Speedy Cash and Rapid Cash, and Avio Credit. In the United Kingdom, the Company operates online as Wage Day Advance and Juo Loans. The Company has three reportable operating segments: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company offers a broad range of consumer finance products, including Unsecured Installment Loans, Secured Installment Loans, Open-End Loans and Single-Pay Loans.

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