Eye-Catching Hot Stocks – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE: VRX)

Wall Street stocks gave up early gains on Thursday as bond yields rose and technology stocks retreated ahead of a host of high-profile earnings.

It has been a rocky week for Wall Street with mostly robust earnings met by rising bond yields as world central banks back away from easy monetary policy. The benchmark S&P 500 stock index is on track for its first weekly decline in five.

The Federal Reserve held the fed funds target rate steady on Wednesday but indicated it was concerned about inflation rising.

“Inflation on a 12-month basis is expected to move up this year and to stabilize” around the Fed’s 2.0 percent target over the medium term, the central bank said in a statement following a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.

U.S. Treasury yields continued to climb after economic indicators seemed to confirm the Fed’s inflation views.

Initial claims for U.S. unemployment benefits were below expectations, indicating a tight labor market, while U.S. Institute of Supply Management data showed prices paid by U.S. factories hitting a near 7-year high, and fourth-quarter labor costs increased by 2.0 percent, adding to inflation concerns.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 37.32 points, or 0.14 percent, to 26,186.71, the S&P 500 lost 1.83 points, or 0.06 percent, to 2,821.98 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 25.62 points, or 0.35 percent, to 7,385.86.

Of the 11 major sectors of the S&P 500, four posted gains. (Source: Reuters)

Top Pick for Friday: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE: VRX)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE: VRX) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of 0.38% in the last trading session to close at $18.58. A total of 7,989,202 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 19.22M shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.42. 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, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (NYSE: VRX) stock is found to be 3.79% volatile for the week, while 4.45% volatility is recorded for the month.

Technical’s Snapshot:

The stock has a market cap of $6.59B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 354.72M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is -14.98%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is -7.67% while it has a distance of 21.10% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -23.95% and the current price is 123.56% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 36.45 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 1.00.

Stock’s Valuation:

Past 5 years growth of VRX observed at 61.43%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at -10.13%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 0.74 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 1.22, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 6.84. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 1.00. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 3.00. 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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Eddie A. New focuses on breaking news stories and ensuring we offer timely reporting on some of the most recent stories released through market wires about Healthcare Sector companies. He has formerly spent over 5 years as a trader in U.S. Stock Market and is now semi-stepped down. He works on a full time basis for alphabetastock.com specializing in quicker moving active shares with a short term view on investment opportunities and trends.

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