Technically Speaking For March 15: MEDNAX, Inc. (MD), Abbott Laboratories (ABT)

MEDNAX, Inc. (MD) rose 1.53% 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 -46.85% and is now down by -7.24% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a -11.2% fall over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -20.68% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -35.54%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of MEDNAX, Inc. with most of them predicting a $39.85 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 30.19% rise in the stock and would lead to MD’s market cap to surge to $3.53B. The stock has been rated an average 2.5, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 16 analysts that track MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE:MD) and find out that 10 of them rated it as a Hold. 5 of the 6 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at MD technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 30.9 point. Its trading volume has added 258468 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 1418468 shares. This means there is improved activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 1160000 shares, and this is 1.22 times the normal volume.

The price of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) currently stands at $78.98 after it went up by $0.36 or 0.46% and has found a strong support at $78.39 a share. If the ABT price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $77.8 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 1.49% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $79.32, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $79.66 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 1.28%. The stock has plunged by 1.06% from its 52-weeks high of $78.14 which it reached on Mar. 13, 2019. In general, it is 28.07% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $56.81 and this setback was observed on Mar. 05, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Abbott Laboratories (ABT) for 1 year and it stands at an average $80.45/share. This means that it would likely increase by 1.86% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $78.14 and $79.07. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $70. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $86.

The ABT stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 71.42%, which means that it is currently neutral. The shares P/S ratio stands at 4.55 which compares to the 6.68 recorded by the industry or the 8.39 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 21.94, which is lower than the 56.98 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 2% over the past five years.

Analysts view Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) as a Buy, with 1.9 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 21 analysts that follow ABT and found that 2 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 19 were divided, with 18 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Abbott Laboratories (ABT) shares or sell it if they already own it.