Do Investors Feel Confident About Stock’s Future Direction?: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH)

U.S. stocks looked set to open about half a percent higher on Thursday, as shareholders returned their focus to corporate results as volatility eased after hitting its highest level in more than two-and-a-half years earlier in the week.

By 8:32 a.m. ET (1332 GMT), Dow e-minis were up 111 points, or 0.45 percent, S&P 500 e-minis were up 13 points, or 0.49 percent.

Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 51.75 points, or 0.79 percent, on volume of 79,385 contracts.

Wall Street ran out of steam on Wednesday after an early surge as shareholders were still cautious after a bruising selloff that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average post its biggest intraday fall on record on Monday.

The market’s main gauge of volatility, the CBOE Volatility Index, fell to 26.74 on Thursday, still more than twice levels it held over the past few months. The index hit its highest level since August 2015 on Tuesday.

Shareholders are weighing whether the sharp swings are the start of a deeper correction or just a temporary bump in the nine-year bull market, spurred by concerns over rising interest rates and bond yields.

“While volatility in the markets has eased over the last couple of days, it has remained at very high levels – probably a sign of the ongoing nervousness among shareholders which may leave markets vulnerable to further declines,” Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda said in a note.

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said on Thursday the central bank could hike rates three times this year and the recent market volatility in itself was not enough to change his base scenario. Minneapolis Fed chief Neel Kashkari and Kansas City Fed President Esther George are expected to make appearances at different events later in the day. (Source: Reuters)

Stock in Focus: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH)

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of 0.73% in the current trading session to trade at $77.08. A total of 1,758,429 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 3.67M shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.76. 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, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH) stock is found to be 3.00% volatile for the week, while 1.63% volatility is recorded for the month.

Technical’s Snapshot:

The stock has a market cap of $46.18B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 603.51M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is 0.82%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is 4.60% while it has a distance of 9.17% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -2.77% and the current price is 40.76% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 57.42 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 1.56.

Stock’s Valuation:

Past 5 years growth of CTSH observed at 12.30%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 13.40%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 3.20 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 4.11, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 9.80. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 3.30. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 1.90. 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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Jason P. Vasser gives us an insight into the most recent news hitting the Technology Sector in Wall Street. He has been an independent financial adviser for over 10 years in the city and in recent years turned his experience in finance and passion for journalism into a full time role. He performs analysis of Companies and publicizes valuable information for shareholder community.

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