US Markets Round-Up
This week, the Russell 3000 index, an important benchmark of the US stock market across market capitalizations, started on a positive note and continued the momentum. The index made a high of 2195.90 during the week and settled at 2192.02 with a week-to-date (WTD) gain of ~3.29 percent on June 23, 2022. Other major indices such as S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite witnessed bullish momentum for the week. On June 23, 2022, the S&P 500 index settled at 3795.73 with a WTD gain of ~3.29 percent, and the NASDAQ Composite Index settled at 11232.193 with a WTD gain of ~4.02 percent.
As per the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment claims numbers declined to 229,000 from 231,000 (revised level) in the prior and supported the indices.
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 MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE: MPLN) for the next 2-4 weeks duration:
MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE: MPLN) is a US-based health care technology company that provides data analytics and technology-enabled solutions. Noted below are the key price indicators for the stock:
Price Action Analysis (on the Weekly Chart)
MPLN has recently broken a rising trendline on the higher side and is trading above the breakout level, indicating the possibility of further upside movement. Now the next major resistance level for the stock appears at USD 7.00 and prices may test this level in the short-term (2-4 weeks). A further movement above USD 7.00 backed by volumes may extend buying in the stock.
Technical Indicators Analysis (On the Weekly Chart)
On the weekly chart, the leading indicator RSI (14-period) is showing a reading of 63.29, indicating a positive momentum build-up at the current levels. Prices are trading above the trend-following indicator 21-period SMA and 50-period SMA, further supporting an up-move.
As per the above-mentioned price action and technical indicators analysis, MultiPlan Corporation is looking technically well-placed on the chart, and a ‘Speculative Buy’ recommendation has been given on the stock. Investment decision should be made depending on an investor’s appetite for an 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 recommendations provided in this report are 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. This report is based ~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. Investors can Trail the Stop-Loss as per the 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 23, 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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