Today’s Hot Stock Under Review – Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC)

US markets have suffered a second day of steep losses, as shareholders dumped health care companies and Apple.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average sank nearly 1.4%, marking its biggest one-day decline in months.

The fall followed the news that Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway would create a new healthcare company with the aim of lowering health costs for their US employees.

Bond yields also rose, reflecting last year’s three US interest rate hikes.

UnitedHealth Group and Pfizer were the two biggest losers on the Dow, while the insurance company Anthem saw the steepest losses on the S&P 500.

Those are among the firms that would be threatened by the emergence of a major new competitor – or signs of a government crackdown on drug prices promised by US President Donald Trump.

  • Dow Jones hits 25,000 for first time
  • Amazon reveals plan to enter healthcare

Apple dipped 0.6% on reports of weak demand for its most recent iPhone, and energy firms also came under pressure.

But the losses were widespread, touching nearly every sector.

The Dow closed down 362.59 points at 26,076.89, while the wider S&P 500 fell 31.1 points or 1.09%.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq shed 64 points or 0.86% to 7,402.48. (Source: BBC)

Top Pick for Wednesday: Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC)

Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of -0.69% in the last trading session to close at $7.15. A total of 239,413 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 278.00K shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.86. 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, Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) stock is found to be 3.84% volatile for the week, while 3.50% volatility is recorded for the month.

Technical’s Snapshot:

The stock has a market cap of $240.07M and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 33.58M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is -7.59%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is -9.97% while it has a distance of -9.64% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -20.99% and the current price is 8.33% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 30.26 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.27.

Stock’s Valuation:

Past 5 years growth of ASC observed at 22.50%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 42.64%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 1.25 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 0.61, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 5.24. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 1.40. 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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Donald S. Wiggins is passionate about business and finance news with over 5 years in the industry starting as a writer working his way up into senior positions. He is the driving force behind with a vision to broaden the company’s readership throughout 2016. Wiggins is an editor and reporter of “Services” Category.

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