US Markets Round-Up
This week, the Russell 3000 index, an important benchmark of the US stock market across market capitalizations, started on a sharp bearish note and continued the momentum. It made a low of 2098.72 during the week and settled at 2113.70 with a week-to-date (WTD) loss of ~6.38 percent on June 16, 2022. Other major indices such as S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite also showed bearish movement for the week. On June 16, 2022, the S&P 500 index settled at 3666.77 with a WTD loss of ~6.00 percent, while NASDAQ Composite Index settled at 10646.099 with a WTD loss of ~6.12 percent.
The market sentiments were impacted adversely due to the release of negative economic data during the week such as Retail Sales and Philly Fed Manufacturing Index. Notably, the Federal Reserve increased the interest rate by 75 bps in the latest policy meeting to tackle the inflation which is soared to a 40-year high.
Having understood the US market performance over the week, taking cues from major global news, and based on our technical analysis of the Russell 3000 index for the upcoming week, now let us have a look at the one NYSE/ NASDAQ listed stock pick from the technical standpoint. Noted below is our recommendation based on generic insights, entry price, target prices, and stop-loss for SIGA Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGA) for the next 2-4 weeks duration:
SIGA Technologies Inc.
SIGA Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGA) is a pharmaceutical company that deals in TPOXX, an oral antiviral drug for the treatment of variola virus which causes smallpox. Noted below are the key price indicators for the stock:
Price Action Analysis (on the Daily Chart)
SIGA broke a crucial resistance level of USD 9.23 by the upside on May 19, 2022, and since then trading above the breakout level. Prices recently again started to move upward after taking the support from the resistance turned support level USD 9.23, indicating the possibility of an upside direction hereon. Now the next major resistance level for the stock appears at USD 13.50 and prices may test this level in the short-term (2-4 weeks). A further movement above USD 13.50 may extend buying in the stock.
Technical Indicators Analysis (On the Daily Chart)
On the daily chart, RSI (14-period) is showing a reading of 56.10, indicating a positive momentum build-up at the current levels. The volumes also seem supportive of an upside movement. Prices are trading above the trend-following indicators 21-period SMA and 50-period SMA, further supporting an up-move.
As per the above-mentioned price action and technical indicators analysis, we can conclude that SIGA Technologies Inc. is looking technically well-placed on the chart, and we have a ‘Speculative Buy’ rating on the stock. Investment decision should be made depending on an investors’ appetite on upside potential, risks, and any previous holdings. This recommendation is purely based on technical analysis, and fundamental analysis has not been considered in this report. The summary of our recommendation is as follows:
Markets are trading in a highly volatile zone currently due to certain macro-economic and geopolitical tensions prevailing. Therefore, it is prudent to follow a cautious approach while investing.
Upcoming Major Global Economic Events
Market events occur on a day-to-day basis depending on the frequency of the data and generally include an update on employment, inflation, GDP, consumer sentiments, etc. Noted below are the upcoming week's major global economic events that could impact the Russell 3000 Index and stocks’ prices.
Investment Related Risks: Based on the technical analysis, the risks are defined as per risk-reward ratio (~0.60:1.00), however, returns are generated within 2-4 weeks’ time frame. This may be looked at by Investors with sufficient risk appetite looking for returns within short investment duration. Investment recommendation provided in this report is solely based on technical parameters, and fundamental performance of the stocks has not been considered in the decision-making process. Other factors which could impact the stock prices include market risks, regulatory risks, interest rates risks, currency risks, and social and political instability risks etc.
Note 1: Investors can consider exiting from the stock if the Target Price or Stop loss mentioned as per the technical analysis has been achieved and subject to the factors discussed above.
Note 2: How to Read the Charts?
The Green colour line reflects the 21-period moving average while the red line indicates the 50- period moving average. SMA helps to identify existing price trend. If the prices are trading above the 21-period and 50-period moving average, then it shows prices are currently trading in a bullish trend.
The Black colour line in the chart’s lower segment reflects the Relative Strength Index (14-Period) which indicates price momentum and signals momentum in trend. A reading of 70 or above suggests overbought status while a reading of 30 or below suggests an oversold status.
The Blue colour bars in the chart’s lower segment show the volume of the stock. The volume is the number of shares that changed hands during a given day. Stocks with high volumes are more liquid than stocks with lesser volume as liquidity in stocks helps in easier and faster execution of the order.
The Orange colour lines are the trend lines drawn by connecting two or more price points and used for trend identification purposes. The trend line also acts as a line of support and resistance.
Technical Indicators Defined: -
Support: A level where-in the stock prices tend to find support if they are falling, and downtrend may take a pause backed by demand or buying interest.
Resistance: A level where-in the stock prices tend to find resistance when they are rising, and uptrend may take a pause due to profit booking or selling interest.
Stop-loss: It is a level to protect further losses in case of unfavourable movement in the stock prices.
Risk Reward Ratio: Risk reward ratio is the difference between an entry point to a stop loss and profit level. We suggest ~60% Stop Loss of the Target 1 from the entry point.
A trailing stop-loss is a modification of stop-loss in case of favourable movement in the price to protect the gains. We suggest Investors to Trail the Stop-Loss as per the aforementioned levels if the stock price achieves more than 50% of the Target 1. Investors should consider exiting from the position as per the Trailing Stop-Loss level if the price starts moving downwards after achieving more than 50% of the Target 1.
The reference date for all price data, volumes, technical indicators, support, and resistance levels is June 16, 2022. The reference data in this report has been partly sourced from REFINITIV.
CMP: Current Market Price
SMA: Simple Moving Average
RSI: Relative Strength Index
USD: United States dollar
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