U.S. stocks traded lower on Friday as bank shares gave up their initial gains. The major averages were still on track to post strong weekly gains, however.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 59 points, with J.P. Morgan Chase as the worst-performing stock in the index. The S&P 500 declined 0.20 percent as financials dropped 1.1 percent. The Nasdaq composite pulled back 0.37 percent. The indexes opened sharply higher on the back of strong earnings from some of the big banks.
Citigroup, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase all stated quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analyst expectations. Bank shares at first traded higher before falling more than 1 percent, as the strong results were already priced in.
Expectations for this earnings season are high, especially for financials. According to FactSet, S&P 500 earnings are forecast to have grown by 17.1 percent last quarter. Financials, meanwhile, are predictable to see earnings increase by 24 percent. Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are all planned to release earnings next week.
So far, the earnings season is off to a good start, according to Nick Raich, CEO of The Earnings Scout. In a note to clients, he said earnings growth thus far totals 26.8 percent for the first quarter.
Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are all planned to release earnings next week.
Despite Friday’s decline, the major averages were staring down strong gains for the week.
The moves Friday come after Wall Street finished its previous session in the black. On Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 293.60 points to close at 24,483.05, after President Donald Trump clarified his position on a possible missile attack in Syria.
In economic news, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index ticked down to 97.8 in April from 101.4 in March. (Source: CNBC)
Stock in Focus: Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC)
Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of 1.58% in the current trading session to trade at $3.86. A total of 1,326,602 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 11.28M shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.81. 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, Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC) stock is found to be 4.26% volatile for the week, while 3.27% volatility is recorded for the month.
The stock has a market cap of $4.74B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 1.25B. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is 1.39%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is 1.23% while it has a distance of -6.52% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -21.38% and the current price is 15.22% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 52.05 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.13.
Past 5 years growth of KGC observed at 16.60%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 20.23%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 1.44 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 1.03, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 4.62. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is 2.00. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 2.40. 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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