Things To Digest This Week: Athene Holding Ltd. (ATH), Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (VKTX)

Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE:ATH) jumped by 1.75% on Tuesday and this got the market excited. This price movement has led to the ATH stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. The shares dropped by -19.27% or -$10.39 from its last recorded high of $53.92 which it attained on September 21 to close at $43.53 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Athene Holding Ltd. has been trading as low as $37.2 before witnessing a massive surge by 17.02% or $6.33. The stock’s beta now stands at 0 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, ATH price stands -5.26% below and 4.38% above respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 1.83% which is less than the 2.01% recorded over the past month.

Athene Holding Ltd. (ATH) sank -0.55% 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 -6.73% and is now up by 9.29% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 5.14% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -8.49% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -12.24%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Athene Holding Ltd. with most of them predicting a $57 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 30.94% rise in the stock and would lead to ATH’s market cap to surge to $10.97B. The stock has been rated an average 0, which roughly stands towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 16 analysts that track Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE:ATH) and find out that 4 of them rated it as a Hold. 12 of the 12 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 ATH technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 57.83 point. Its trading volume has added 1451167 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 3031167 shares. This means there is improved activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 1580000 shares, and this is 1.92 times the normal volume.

The price of Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) currently stands at $8.97 after it went up by $0.86 or 10.6% and has found a strong support at $8.54 a share. If the VKTX price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $8.1 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 9.7% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $9.38, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $9.78 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 5.75%. The stock has plunged by 5.13% from its 52-weeks high of $8.51 which it reached on Sep. 18, 2018. In general, it is 58.86% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $3.69 and this setback was observed on Apr. 27, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (VKTX) for 1 year and it stands at an average $29.79/share. This means that it would likely increase by 232.11% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $8.51 and $9.35. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $16. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $43.

The VKTX stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 37.86%, which means that it is currently neutral. The shares P/S ratio stands at 0 which compares to the 50.73 recorded by the industry or the 9.79 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 0, which is lower than the 0 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone down, with a quarterly decrease rate of 0% over the past five years.

Analysts view Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) as a Buy, with 1.8 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 8 analysts that follow VKTX and found that 0 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 Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (VKTX) shares or sell it if they already own it.