U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mostly lower open Tuesday as shares of Apple dropped in premarket trading.
The iPhone maker’s stock fell more than 2.5 percent in premarket trading following a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily, citing unidentified sources, that Apple will slash its sales forecast for the iPhone X by 40 percent in the quarter to 30 million units.
Apple has not publicly revealed quarterly sales targets for the iPhone X, which went on sale in November. The company did not right away respond to a CNBC request for comment.
Of the major U.S. stock indexes, only the S&P 500 was indicating a slightly higher open.
U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Christmas Day holiday. Major European markets remained closed Tuesday for the holiday. (Source: CNBC)
Stock in Focus: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of -0.02% in the current trading session to trade at $1168.11. A total of 779,620 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 3.54M shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.67. Relative volume is the comparison of current volume to average volume for the same time of day, and it’s displayed as a ratio. If RVOL is less than 1 it is not In Play on this trading day and Investors may decide not to trade it. If RVOL is above 2 it is In Play and this is more evidence Investors ought to be in the name. When stocks are *very* In Play one can see a RVOL of 5 and above. The higher the RVOL the more In Play the stock is.
Day traders strive to make money by exploiting minute price movements in individual assets (usually stocks, though currencies, futures, and options are traded as well), usually leveraging large amounts of capital to do so, therefore they trade on Stocks in Play. In Play Stocks are volatile enough to produce good risk and reward trading opportunities for both bull and bear traders intraday. Most company stocks have very little volatility. They generally move extremely slowly and they only produce big price swings when the company produces good or bad trading results, which may only happen a couple of times a year at best.
In deciding what to focus on – in a stock, say – a typical day trader looks for three things: liquidity, volatility and trading volume. Liquidity allows an investor to enter and exit a stock at a good price (i.e. tight spreads, or the difference between the bid and ask price of a stock, and low slippage, or the difference between the predictable price of a trade and the actual price). If a stock does not have good liquidity then it may take some time before a broker is able to negotiate a deal to buy or sell a stock and the broker may not be able to get the sell or buy price that the trader is looking for. This is a problem for day traders and it could mean the difference between a profitable and non-profitable trade.
Traders have different rules for what constitutes liquidity and a good guide is the volume of trades and volume of shares that are traded each day. 100,000 shares traded per day would be a minimum for most traders and some require 1,000,000.
Trading volume is a gauge of how many times a stock is bought and sold in a given time period (most commonly, within a day of trading, known as the average daily trading volume – ADTV). A high degree of volume indicates a lot of interest in a stock. Often, a boost in the volume of a stock is a harbinger of a price jump, either up or down.
Volatility is simply a measure of the predictable daily price range—the range in which a day trader operates. More volatility means greater profit or loss. After a recent check, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) stock is found to be 1.04% volatile for the week, while 1.71% volatility is recorded for the month.
It’s just the day after Christmas, but Amazon is already boasting about a successful holiday season, calling 2017 the “biggest” ever.
The e-commerce giant said Tuesday morning that customers were shopping on its website at “record levels” throughout November and December, and over the course of one week, more than 4 million people became Prime members or started a free trial, sending Amazon’s membership count to new highs. However, the company didn’t provide a specific membership total.
Meantime, Amazon said its devices also logged their best holiday, with the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick leading the way. The Amazon Alexa app, which assists set up the company’s voice-enabled devices to Wi-Fi, was a top downloaded application via Apple over the holiday weekend.
The black and white versions of the Echo Dot (on sale for $29.99) were such a popular gift that as of Tuesday, they weren’t available to be shipped from Amazon until early January. (Source: CNBC)
The stock has a market cap of $566.08B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 484.51M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is -0.12%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is 4.69% while it has a distance of 17.12% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -3.73% and the current price is 56.23% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 60.31 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 17.04.
Past 5 years growth of AMZN observed at 29.00%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 8.00%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 3.51 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 22.79, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 23.29. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 0.70. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 1.80. This number is based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy recommendation while 5 represents a Strong Sell.
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