Investing Focus: Traders Keen on Shares of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA), Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (AXAS) – The RNS Daily

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The shares of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE:AQUA) dropped by -47.28% or -$11.99 from its last recorded high of $25.36 which it attained on December 03 to close at $13.37 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. has been trading as low as $7.92 before witnessing a massive surge by 68.81% or $5.45. This price movement has led to the AQUA stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. It jumped by 1.29% on Monday and this got the market excited. The stock’s beta now stands at 0 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, AQUA price stands -12.4% below and 17.15% above respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 2.65% which is less than the 2.93% recorded over the past month.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA) sank -3.81% 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 -43.82% and is now up by 39.27% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 8.96% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price climbed by 42.69% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -31.82%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. with most of them predicting a $14 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 4.71% rise in the stock and would lead to AQUA’s market cap to surge to $1.62B. The stock has been rated an average 2.1, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 11 analysts that track Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE:AQUA) and find out that 5 of them rated it as a Hold. 6 of the 6 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 AQUA technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 64.52 point. Its trading volume has added 171765 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 1058605 shares. This means there is improved activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 886840 shares, and this is 1.19 times the normal volume.

The price of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) currently stands at $1.24 after it went up by $0.1 or 8.77% and has found a strong support at $1.16 a share. If the AXAS price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $1.09 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 12.1% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $1.28, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $1.33 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 7.28%. The stock has plunged by 8.87% from its 52-weeks high of $1.13 which it reached on May. 22, 2018. In general, it is 27.42% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $0.9 and this setback was observed on Dec. 24, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (AXAS) for 1 year and it stands at an average $2.84/share. This means that it would likely increase by 129.03% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $1.13 and $1.25. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $2. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $4.

The AXAS stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 21.72%, which means that it is currently oversold and its prices could jump very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 1.47. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 4.71, which is higher than the 0 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 23.8% over the past five years.

Analysts view Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) as a Buy, with 1.6 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 8 analysts that follow AXAS and found that 1 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 7 were divided, with 7 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (AXAS) shares or sell it if they already own it.

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