Investors Take A Relaxed Stance Toward Continental Resources, Inc. (CLR), Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) – The RNS Daily

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Over the past 52 weeks Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR) has embarked on a drop that has seen it decline -16.68% and is now up by 10.65% since start of this year. The equity price sank -3.68% this week, a trend that has led to both investors and traders taking note of the stock. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a -5.18% fall over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -11.66% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -28.52%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Continental Resources, Inc. with most of them predicting a $62.89 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 41.42% rise in the stock and would lead to CLR’s market cap to surge to $23.19B. The stock has been rated an average 1.9, which roughly stands towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 36 analysts that track Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR) and find out that 6 of them rated it as a Hold. 30 of the 30 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 CLR technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 42.09 point. Its trading volume has lost -615774 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 2054226 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 2670000 shares, and this is 0.77 times the normal volume.

The price of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) currently stands at $145.68 after it went up by $0.14 or 0.1% and has found a strong support at $144.44 a share. If the ADP price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $143.21 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 1.7% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $146.4, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $147.13 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 1.58%. The stock has plunged by 1.2% from its 52-weeks high of $143.93 which it reached on Mar. 10, 2018. In general, it is 26.13% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $107.61 and this setback was observed on Sep. 02, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) for 1 year and it stands at an average $157.5/share. This means that it would likely increase by 8.11% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $143.93 and $145.89. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $142. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $175.

The ADP stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 97.87%, which means that it is currently overbought and its prices could dip very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 4.64 which compares to the 399.43 recorded by the industry or the 133.14 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 24.4, which is lower than the 37.3 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 9.7% over the past five years.

Analysts view Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) as a Hold, with 2.4 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 21 analysts that follow ADP and found that 13 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 8 were divided, with 8 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) shares or sell it if they already own it.

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