Wall Street started the week with a rally on Monday (May 21), sending stocks higher as shareholders heaved a sigh of relief that Washington and Beijing had decided to step back from a possible trade war.
The good spirits came from the Trump administration’s pledge to put its trade dispute with China “on hold” after both sides reached a consensus to reduce the soaring US trade dispute with China – though observers said the details were sketchy.
The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 298.20 points, adding 1.21 per cent to close at 25,013.29.
The broader S&P 500 rose 20.04 points (0.74 per cent) to 2,733.01 and the Nasdaq gained 39.70 points (0.54 per cent) to hit 7,394.04.
Industrial stocks that had been most vulnerable to the prospect of a trade war – meaning higher input costs from tariffs and reduced sales from Chinese retaliation – lifted the Dow.
Aircraft giant Boeing jumped 3 per cent, while conglomerate United Technologies added 2 per cent and Caterpillar gained two per cent.
Small cap index Russell 2000, in which shareholders had taken refuge last week, seeing it as insulated from trade shocks, hit its fourth straight record in a row, closing at 1,636.53, up 0.6 percent.
“We don’t really know the details of this agreement,” Peter Cardillo of Spartan Capital told AFP, “but the market is very sensitive to the trade war threat and shareholders think the negotiations seem to be going in the right direction.”
General Electric gained 0.3 per cent announcing it would merge its transport business with the rail transport business Wabtec in an US$11.1 billion deal.
Fifth Third Bancorp fell nearly eight per cent on plans to acquire regional lender MB Financial, which itself gained nearly 13 per cent.
Semiconductor firm Micron Technology, which was holding its annual shareholder day on Monday, won 3 per cent after upping its third-quarter earnings guidance.
Among those unable to celebrate the apparent trade truce were metal stocks that had stood to gain from reduced Chinese imports: AK Steel fell 5 per cent and US Steel sank 3 per cent. (Source: AFP/de)
Top Pick for Tuesday: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH)
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH) has grabbed attention from the analysts when it experienced a change of 1.33% in the last trading session to close at $247.90. A total of 3,040,206 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 3.38M shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.90. 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, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH) stock is found to be 1.37% volatile for the week, while 1.73% volatility is recorded for the month.
The stock has a market cap of $236.59B and the number of outstanding shares has been calculated 954.38M. Based on a recent bid, its distance from 20 days simple moving average is 4.68%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is 7.92% while it has a distance of 14.10% from the 200 days simple moving average. The company’s distance from 52-week high price is -1.15% and the current price is 45.61% away from 52-week low price. The company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 68.06 together with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 4.28.
Past 5 years growth of UNH observed at 12.50%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company is expecting its growth at 15.98%. The stock’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months is 1.14 and price to book ratio for the most recent quarter is 5.04, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter are 12.97. Its quick ratio for the most recent quarter is N/A. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 1.50. 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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