Wall Street stocks fell Tuesday, with bank shares diving, as concerns about Italian political turmoil sparked a selloff in leading global equity markets.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished with a loss of 391.64 points (1.58 per cent) at 24,361.45, recovering from the worst point of the session when the benchmark index lost 500 points.
The broad-based S&P 500 shed 31.47 points (1.16 per cent) to close at 2,689.86, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 37.26 points (0.50 per cent) to 7,396.59.
The declines in US markets followed falls of more than one per cent in leading European bourses as Italy’s caretaker prime minister ended talks on forming a government without unveiling his cabinet line-up, following the collapse of a populist coalition’s bid to govern.
“People are afraid that this creates more uncertainty about the future of Europe in general and the eurozone more specifically,” Karl Haeling of LBBW said of the Italian political crisis.
Haeling pointed to numerous other items on the global worry list, counting ongoing trade frictions between the US and China, anxiety over the US pullout of the Iran nuclear deal and the chaotic back-and-forth between the US and North Korea over nuclear talks.
“Geopolitically, the world is a bit of a mess right now,” Haeling said.
Leading the declines were large banks, counting JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, which lost 4.27 per cent and 3.40 per cent.
“If there are default fears across markets, banks will be on the front line and as a result are being repriced to consider that risk more now,” said Matt Miskin, market strategist at John Hancock Financial Services.
Miskin said the banks also were under stress because of speculation the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates less quickly than formerly thought.
Other Dow companies with big drops included General Electric, down 3.08 per cent, DowDuPont, down 2.69 per cent, and Disney, which fell 2.46 per cent after cancelling the hit show “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr apologised over a racist joke on Twitter.
Monsanto gained 0.72 per cent after the US Justice Department conditionally approved its takeover by German company Bayer after the companies agreed to major divestitures. (Source: AFP/de)
Hot Stock Analysis: Pampa Energia SA (NYSE: PAM)
Investors rushed to trade on Pampa Energia SA (NYSE: PAM) Tuesday, soon after a drastic change of -6.77% in the share price was observed and the stock become able to close its trade at $48.87. The stock becomes active when traders or investors changed hands with 801,660 shares contrast to the three-month volume average of 355.99K shares. The ratio between current volume and 3-month average value, also known as Relative volume was observed at 2.25, validating the stock’s In Play state.
Stock Technical’s & Performances to Explore:
Based on a recent bid, this stock (PAM) was trading at a distance of -33.04% from 52-week high and 5.66% away from its 52-week low price. We observed -9.08% rate of return for a stock for the last 5-trading days, which was maintained for the month at -10.64%. Likewise, the performance for the quarter was recorded as -22.02% and for the year was -22.44%. The comparison of these above mentioned historical values gives an idea to investor whether the stock is ready to shift trend (up to down or down to up) or how the stock has recovered the losses or shed gains during its historical phase. For example, if stock’s weekly and monthly performances are positive as compared to year and YTD performance percentage also seems to decrease in comparison to the previous year performance, then one can say that the stock is bouncing back and may able to gain more and more in near future and vice versa. Although stock’s historical performances are key to consider, don’t invest (or not invest) based solely on it. It’s just one measure of value. As a serious shareholder, you need to look at plentiful factors that can assist you determine whether any given stock is a good investment.
Simple Moving Averages (SMAs) in Focus:
Moving averages is one of the key indicator and the most powerful tool used by traders. A simple moving average is easy to calculate, which allows it to be employed fairly quickly and easily. A textbook definition of a moving average is an average price for a security using a specified time period. The simplest form of a moving average, appropriately known as a simple moving average (SMA), is calculated by taking the arithmetic mean of a given set of values. For example, to calculate a basic 10-day moving average you would add up the closing prices from the past 10 days and then divide the result by 10. If a trader wishes to see a 50-day average instead, the same type of calculation would be made, but it would include the prices over the past 50 days and the same process goes on for 200 days.
Do SMAs Signal a Trend Reversal?
Based on a recent bid, this stock (PAM) was trading at a distance of -7.91% from 20 days simple moving average, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average is -13.73% while it has a distance of -22.03% from the 200 days simple moving average. A moving average’s greatest strength is its ability to assist a trader identifies a current trend or spots a possible trend reversal. Moving averages can also identify a level of support or resistance for the security, or act as a simple entry or exit signal.
Stock’s Volatility Analysis:
Volatility is the degree of variation of a trading price series over time as measured by the standard deviation of logarithmic returns. It generally deals with the amount of uncertainty or risk about the size of changes in a security’s value. It can either be calculated by means of the standard deviation or variance between returns from that same security or market index. The Rule of thumb is higher the volatility, the riskier the security. A higher volatility means that a security’s value can potentially be spread out over a larger range of values. This means that the price of the security can change dramatically over a short time period in either direction. A lower volatility means that a security’s value does not fluctuate dramatically, but changes in value at a steady pace over a period of time.
What about PAM Stock’s Volatility?
According to finviz data, PAM stock’s volatility for the week is measured at 4.14%, while for the month it is maintained at 5.29%.
An Eye on Beta Factor:
One gauge of the relative volatility of a specific stock to the market is its beta. A beta approximates the overall volatility of a security’s returns against the returns of a relevant benchmark (usually the S&P 500 is used). Presently, Beta factor for PAM stock stands at 1.15. A beta of 1 indicates that the security’s price moves with the market. A beta of less than 1 means that the security is theoretically less volatile than the market. A beta of greater than 1 indicates that the security’s price is theoretically more volatile than the market. For example, if a stock’s beta is 1.2, it’s theoretically 20% more volatile than the market. Conversely, if an ETF’s beta is 0.65, it is theoretically 35% less volatile than the market. Therefore, the fund’s excess return is predictable to underperform the benchmark by 35% in up markets and outperform by 35% during down markets.
What Do Analysts’ Recommend?
Analysts mean recommendation for the stock is 1.80, (where 1 is Strong Buy and 5 is Strong Sell).
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