Wall Street stocks finished solidly higher on Tuesday amid easing of US-China trade tensions, while Facebook surged as the company’s chief apologised to Congress over a data breach scandal.
The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 143.96 points (2.07 per cent) to 7,094.30, as Facebook jumped 4.50 per cent.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 428.90 points (1.79 per cent) to end the day at 24,408.00, while the broad-based S&P 500 advanced 43.71 points (1.67 per cent) to 2,656.87.
Markets breathed a sigh of relief after a much-anticipated address by Chinese leader Xi Jinping attempted to quell a worsening trade conflict with US President Donald Trump.
Xi declared a “new phase of opening up,” and promised concessions on car tariffs and intellectual property, among other areas.
Trump hailed Xi’s “kind words,” although the White House made clear that concrete follow-up steps would be needed. Some analysts considered Xi’s speech mostly a rehash of earlier statements.
“He seemed to reduce the tension,” said Karl Haeling of LBBW. “The comments did not really bring anything new, but he said them in a very reassuring tone.”
Facebook, meanwhile, scored big gains even as chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced a barrage of questions in the first of two congressional hearings following revelations that political research firm Cambridge Analytica plundered detailed personal data on 87 million users ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Facebook had lost nearly 15 per cent following the initial Cambridge Analytica stories and Monday’s closing price and was “probably oversold” heading into the hearing, said Bill Lynch, director of investment for Hinsdale Associates.
Industrial shares were also buoyant, with Caterpillar, Boeing and DowDuPont all winning more than three per cent.
Energy companies ExxonMobil and Chevron both rose nearly three per cent on higher oil prices.
But higher oil prices weighed on airlines, with American Airlines dropping 4.74 per cent and United Continental 1.36 per cent. (Source: AFP/de)
Top Pick for Wednesday: Ophthotech Corporation (NASDAQ: OPHT)
Ophthotech Corporation (NASDAQ: OPHT) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of 5.15% in the last trading session to close at $2.86. A total of 437,303 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 288.36K shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.52. 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, Ophthotech Corporation (NASDAQ: OPHT) stock is found to be 3.64% volatile for the week, while 3.56% volatility is recorded for the month.
The stock has a market cap of $103.08M and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 36.04M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is 0.76%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is 1.05% while it has a distance of 2.29% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -20.56% and the current price is 27.68% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 53.89 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.11.
Past 5 years growth of OPHT observed at 18.30%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at N/A. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 0.49 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 2.70, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 0.62. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 13.70. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 3.30. 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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