A New Trick Up Its Sleeve: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF) – The RNS Daily

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rose 5.44% this week, a trend that has led to both investors and traders taking note of the stock. Over the past one year, the equity price has embarked on a rally that has seen it rise 11.34% and is now up by 10.46% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 17.79% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -16.02% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -16.66%.

The shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) dropped by -25.37% or -$59.23 from its last recorded high of $233.47 which it attained on March 10 to close at $174.24 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Apple Inc. has been trading as low as $142 before witnessing a massive surge by 22.7% or $32.24. This price movement has led to the AAPL stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. It jumped by 0.03% on Wednesday and this got the market excited. The stock’s beta now stands at 1.08 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, AAPL price stands -8.97% below and 7.46% above respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 2.06% which is less than the 2.2% recorded over the past month.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Apple Inc. with most of them predicting a $178.71 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 2.57% rise in the stock and would lead to AAPL’s market cap to surge to $857.81B. The stock has been rated an average 2.2, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 41 analysts that track Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and find out that 15 of them rated it as a Hold. 26 of the 26 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at AAPL technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 66.67 point. Its trading volume has lost -14000000 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 28075178 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 42180000 shares, and this is 0.67 times the normal volume.

The price of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) currently stands at $60.71 after it went down by $-0.4 or -0.65% and has found a strong support at $60.02 a share. If the HLF price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $59.34 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 2.26% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $61.17, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $61.64 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 1.81%. The stock has plunged by 1.5% from its 52-weeks high of $59.8 which it reached on May. 02, 2019. In general, it is 35.32% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $39.27 and this setback was observed on Sep. 02, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF) for 1 year and it stands at an average $62.6/share. This means that it would likely increase by 3.11% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $59.8 and $60.95. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $56. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $65.

The HLF stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 86.18%, which means that it is currently overbought and its prices could dip very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 1.98 which compares to the 1.78 recorded by the industry or the 5.37 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 18.99, which is lower than the 26.8 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 2.3% over the past five years.

Analysts view Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) as a Buy, with 1.7 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 5 analysts that follow HLF and found that 2 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 3 were divided, with 3 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF) shares or sell it if they already own it.

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