Hair-Raising Facts to Know – Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD)

The Dow Jones industrial average broke above 25,000 for the first time on Thursday, tying the fastest 1,000-point move in its history, following the release of stronger-than-expected jobs data.

The 30-stock index climbed 152.45 points to 25,075.13, with General Electric, DowDuPont and IBM rising about 2 percent.

“The Dow hitting 25,000 was a pretty wild idea even a year ago. And while it’s symbolically important, the real story is never just a number. It’s the underlying strength that is pushing markets this high,” said Steve Claussen, vice president of trader strategy at E-Trade.

The Dow broke above 24,000 for the first time on Nov. 30, or 35 calendar days before hitting 25,000. It also took the Dow just 35 days to rise from 20,000 to 21,000 last year.

The S&P 500 gained 0.4 percent to close at 2,723.99, with financials rising 0.9 percent. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.2 percent to finish at 7,077.91. Both indexes also closed at all-time highs.

“Right now, we’re in this Goldilocks scenario,” said Tim Courtney, chief investment officer at Exencial Wealth Advisors. “The news has been good. Confidence is up. Everything is lining up just right.”

The U.S. private sector added 250,000 jobs in December, ADP and Moody’s Analytics stated before the opening bell. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 190,000.

U.S. Treasury yields moved higher after the report was released. The 10-year yield traded at 2.45 percent, while the two-year yield rose to 1.96 percent. (Source: CNBC)

Top Pick for Friday: Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD)

Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of -2.00% in the last trading session to close at $62.61. A total of 2,128,515 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 1.89M shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.13. 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, Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD) stock is found to be 1.30% volatile for the week, while 1.54% volatility is recorded for the month.

Technical’s Snapshot:

The stock has a market cap of $33.44B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 534.14M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is -3.31%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is -4.38% while it has a distance of 3.59% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -7.29% and the current price is 29.55% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 33.88 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.95.

Stock’s Valuation:

Past 5 years growth of PLD observed at 36.60%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 10.60%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 12.77 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 2.15, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 58.81. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is N/A. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 2.90. 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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Robert Thomas has over 14 years experience in the financial services industry giving him a vast understanding of how news affects the financial markets. He is an active day trader spending the majority of her time analyzing earnings reports and watching commodities and derivatives. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from Westminster University with previous roles counting Investment Banking.