Intraday Trade Secrets: Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA)

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, suggesting the best two-day stretch for major indexes in months wouldn’t be stretched into a third following a plunge that saw equities post their worst weekly performance since early 2016 last week.

Trading was relatively subdued, following several sessions with 1% moves in both directions. Shareholders may be holding off on making big bets ahead of forthcoming data on inflation, which could illuminate whether recent concerns were overblown.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 111 points, or 0.4%, to 24,493. The S&P 500 slipped 11 points, or 0.4%, to 2,646. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 27 points to 6,944, a decline of 0.4%.

Major indexes are coming off their second straight session with a 1% advance, a rally that represents the best two-day percentage gain for the Dow since 2015, and the best such stretch for both the S&P and the Nasdaq since June 2016. However, all three major indexes remain more than 7% below record levels hit last month, following massive declines seen over last week. Less than halfway through February, the market has already matched the number of 1% moves seen over all of 2017. (Source: MarketWatch)

Stock in Focus: Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA)

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of 1.94% in the current trading session to trade at $180.88. A total of 4,336,221 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 21.86M shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.24. 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, Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) stock is found to be 5.09% volatile for the week, while 3.63% volatility is recorded for the month.

Technical’s Snapshot:

The stock has a market cap of $446.81B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 2.52B. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is -4.05%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is -0.74% while it has a distance of 10.50% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -12.28% and the current price is 80.68% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 45.51 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 6.95.

Stock’s Valuation:

Past 5 years growth of BABA observed at 58.90%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 5.30%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 12.45 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 8.20, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 12.60. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 2.00. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 1.70. 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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