These Stocks Are Worth Shouting About: Danaher Corporation (DHR), Alcoa Corporation (AA)

Over the past 52 weeks Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) has embarked on a rally that has seen it rise 24.62% and is now up by 24.23% since start of this year. The equity price rose 2.93% 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 15.03% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price climbed by 26.44% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month increase to stand at 21.72%.

The shares of Danaher Corporation (DHR) dropped by -0.65% or -$0.84 from its last recorded high of $128.95 which it attained on March 13 to close at $128.11 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Danaher Corporation has been trading as low as $94.59 before witnessing a massive surge by 35.44% or $33.52. This price movement has led to the DHR stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. It dipped by -0.02% on Thursday and this got the market worried. The stock’s beta now stands at 1.05 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, DHR price stands 22.36% above and 14.43% above respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 1.1% which is less than the 1.33% recorded over the past month.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Danaher Corporation with most of them predicting a $128.75 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 0.5% rise in the stock and would lead to DHR’s market cap to surge to $91.31B. The stock has been rated an average 1.6, which roughly stands towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 16 analysts that track Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) and find out that 1 of them rated it as a Hold. 15 of the 15 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 DHR technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a overbought zone after reaching 79.6 point. Its trading volume has lost -889411 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 2280589 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 3170000 shares, and this is 0.72 times the normal volume.

The price of Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA) currently stands at $27.89 after it went down by $-1.09 or -3.76% and has found a strong support at $27.52 a share. If the AA price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $27.15 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 2.65% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $28.55, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $29.21 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 3.03%. The stock has plunged by 0.29% from its 52-weeks high of $27.81 which it reached on Apr. 19, 2018. In general, it is 10.33% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $25.01 and this setback was observed on Dec. 26, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Alcoa Corporation (AA) for 1 year and it stands at an average $40.38/share. This means that it would likely increase by 44.78% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $27.81 and $28.84. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $31. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $49.

The AA stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 38.81%, which means that it is currently neutral. The shares P/S ratio stands at 0.39 which compares to the 1.82 recorded by the industry or the 2.68 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 9.12, which is lower than the 23.2 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 15.7% over the past five years.