U.S. stocks tumbled Monday, with the Dow recording its worst one-day point drop in history, in a selloff that at times took on the characteristics of a panic. The Dow was down more than 1,500 points at its session low, while the S&P 500 logged its first 5% pullback from its all-time high in over a year.
The day’s weakness was broad based, with all S&P 500 sectors down and all 30 Dow components finishing lower. The Cboe Volatility Index Wall Street’s so-called fear gauge, surged 104% to 35.02, its loftiest level since August 2015, according to FactSet.
The S&P 500 dropped 113.19 points, or 4.1%, to 2,648.94. The large-cap index is now off more than 5% from its all-time intraday high of 2,872.87 on Jan. 26. The S&P 500 had gone 406 sessions without such a decline, marking the longest period without a 5% pullback in 20 years.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 1,175.21 points, or 4.6%, to 24,345.75, not up all its 2018 gains. The S&P 500’s percentage drop was the largest since Aug. 18, 2011, while the Dow’s drop was the biggest since Aug. 10, 2011. The S&P 500 and Dow both turned negative for the year.
The Nasdaq Composite Index shed 273.42 points, or 3.8%, to end at 6,967.53. However, the tech-heavy index managed to cling to a 2018 gain of 0.9%.
The financial sector was the biggest loser, tanking 5%, followed by health care, industrials, energy, telecommunications, and information technology which all fell more than 4%. (Source: MarketWatch)
Top Pick for Tuesday: KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS)
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of -0.38% in the last trading session to close at $34.47. A total of 3,628,793 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 1.44M shares, while its relative volume stands at 2.52. 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, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) stock is found to be 0.70% volatile for the week, while 2.12% volatility is recorded for the month.
The stock has a market cap of $3.35B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 97.10M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is 23.65%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is 40.94% while it has a distance of 53.08% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -1.35% and the current price is 75.96% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 90.06 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.90.
Past 5 years growth of KS observed at -7.50%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 20.84%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 1.03 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 3.53, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 296.20. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 1.30. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 2.70. 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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