Buy, Sell? What To Make Of It All? Evolent Health, Inc. (EVH), Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (LEG) – The RNS Daily

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Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE:EVH) rose 4.15% 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 drop that has seen it decline -18.12% and is now down by -34.54% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a -23% fall over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -36.29% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -48.48%.

The shares of Evolent Health, Inc. (EVH) dropped by -55.04% or -$15.99 from its last recorded high of $29.05 which it attained on September 26 to close at $13.06 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Evolent Health, Inc. has been trading as low as $12.09 before witnessing a massive surge by 8.02% or $0.97. This price movement has led to the EVH stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. It jumped by 4.56% on Wednesday and this got the market excited. The stock’s beta now stands at 1.27 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, EVH price stands -39.65% below and -21.89% below respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 4.21% which is less than the 6.16% recorded over the past month.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Evolent Health, Inc. with most of them predicting a $21.27 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 62.86% rise in the stock and would lead to EVH’s market cap to surge to $1.71B. The stock has been rated an average 0, which roughly stands towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 15 analysts that track Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE:EVH) and find out that 1 of them rated it as a Hold. 14 of the 14 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 EVH technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 36.62 point. Its trading volume has added 89524 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 1439524 shares. This means there is improved activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 1350000 shares, and this is 1.07 times the normal volume.

The price of Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG) currently stands at $43.64 after it went down by $-0.35 or -0.8% and has found a strong support at $43.36 a share. If the LEG price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $43.08 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 1.28% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $43.98, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $44.32 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 1.51%. The stock has plunged by 0.5% from its 52-weeks high of $43.42 which it reached on Mar. 15, 2018. In general, it is 23.28% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $33.48 and this setback was observed on Dec. 26, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (LEG) for 1 year and it stands at an average $46/share. This means that it would likely increase by 5.41% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $43.42 and $44.04. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $40. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $54.

The LEG stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 14.73%, which means that it is currently oversold and its prices could jump very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 1.34 which compares to the 1.31 recorded by the industry or the 135.61 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 15.42, which is lower than the 19.4 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 12.5% over the past five years.

Analysts view Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG) as a Hold, with 2.3 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 7 analysts that follow LEG and found that 3 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 4 were divided, with 4 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (LEG) shares or sell it if they already own it.

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