Showing posts with label NYSE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NYSE. Show all posts

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Barron's Recommends Merck, But Is it a Buy At $83.

Barron's has recommended Merck (NYSE: MRK) stating that the company does not get "enough credit". Merck is currently trading at $83.48. The price is currently hugging the upper part of the Bollinger Band. The money flow indicator is approaching over-bought territory and currently sits at 60. The MACD is flashing a buy signal. All the moving averages are currently flashing a buy. If there's any pullback, the stock may be a buy at $75 or $76.  

Exhibit: Merck May Be a Buy at $75 or $76.

(Source: Tradingview)
 
Exhibit: Merck Moving Averages Are Indicating a Buy

 (Source: Tradingview)

Exhibit: Merck Oscillators

 

 

(Source: Tradingview)          

Large Insider Buy at Pfizer Made Me Look At that Stock

Barron's has reported that Pfizer's Director Ronald Blaylock has made the largest open-market purchase of the stock since 2003. Mr. Blaylock paid $510,000 on August 6th for 13,000 Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) shares. The Director has paid an average price of $38.53 for the shares. The stock has been trading lower and as of Friday, August 14, 2020, it was trading at $38.06. The money flow indicator is nearing oversold territory and the MACD is flashing a sell signal. A good entry point for the stock may be around $37.70. There seems to be support for the stock at this level. If the stock breaks below $37, another entry point would be around $32.50. The stock was at that level when the money flow indicator was in oversold territory on July 24, 2020.

Exhibit: Entry Points for Pfizer 

 

 (Source: Tradingview)           

Monday, August 10, 2020

A 6% return on Caterpillar in 6 days

I bought Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) at $131.60 on August 4, 2020. I had visualized my trade in a previous blog post on this stock. I had placed a limit order at $139.97 or just below the $140. The limit got triggered today for a return of 6.3% in six days. My rational was that the stock could face some resistance just about $140 and wanted to exit my position at that level.  

Exhibit: Caterpillar trade set-up between August 4 and August 10, 2020 

 (Source: TradingView)   

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Disastrous Earnings at Dow Jones Industrial Average for the Latest Quarter

As of June 30, 2020, most of the companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) have already reported quarterly earnings . The pandemic induced recession and the oil price war waged by Saudi Arabia and Russia have ravaged the earnings of the companies in the index. The first quartile EPS growth rate for the DJIA was a negative 68%.  The third quartile EPS growth was just 5%.

Exhibit: Latest Quarter EPS Growth Rate for Companies in the DJIA
(Source: SECURFII)
    
Exhibit: Gains from 52-Week Low for Companies in the DJIA
(Source: SECURFII)

Given this earnings back drop the stocks have done remarkably well. The first quartile gain for stocks in the DJIA from their 52-week low was 35%. The third quartile gain was 62%.
Exxon Mobil had the biggest drop in EPS going from $0.53 in the previous quarter to a negative $0.7 in the latest quarter that ended June 2020. 
In fact 20 out of their 30 companies in the DJIA recorded negative EPS growth rates.
 
Exhibit: Earnings of some of the companies in the DJIA
(Source: SECURFII)
 
(Disclosure: I own XOM, CVX, DOW, and others in the DJIA) 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Climate Change Mitigation Technologies Will be Winners in the Future

    For all the efforts that are underway across the globe to keep the earth's temperature from rising, one thing is becoming clearer with each passing day - climate change mitigation technologies and projects will have to be employed at a large scale to tackle its effects. Companies in the climate mitigation space should be on the radar for investors. 
    I have come to this conclusion after reading various articles on the topic of climate change over a number of years. A couple of recent articles in the New York Times only got be thinking more seriously about the kind of climate change mitigation technologies that will be winners in the future. One article discusses the crisis that could be brought on by the mass migration of people due to excessive heat caused by climate change. When excessive heat causes drought, destroys crops, and makes living conditions very hard, people may have no choice than to start migrating towards cities and seek refuge there.
    Various technologies may have to be employed to prevent farmers from dying of hunger and excessive heat. Providing people with air conditioned spaces could be one of the mitigation project that could be more broadly applied. Air conditioner makers such as Carrier (NYSE: CARR) may be a big beneficiaries of this trend. Use of air conditioners increases the global warming and those effects need to be mitigated too.
    To mitigate the effects of drought, more desalination plants will have to be built to supply growing cities with water.  These plants can also be used to supply water for irrigation. Israel is a leader in the use of desalination technology and it's just a matter of time before many other parts of the world - like India, Africa, the United States, and South America - need massive desalination capabilities. These plants are primarily based on seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology. The reverse osmosis plants consume a lot of energy. To reduce energy use, these plants employ energy recovery devices such as the one manufactured by Energy Recovery Inc (NASDAQ: ERII).

Exhibit: A Energy Recovery Device Built by Energy Recovery Inc.


(Source: Energy Recovery Inc.)
   
    Other technologies and projects that will gain wide spread use in the future are vertical or indoor farming and drip irrigation systems. A lot of venture capital investment is going into vertical farming companies. Softbank has invested in an indoor farming start-up called Plenty. While investors focus on high-tech startups like Plenty, they should not lose focus of "old school" technology such as water pumps, drip irrigation systems and water meters that could also see increasing demand in the years to come. Water conservation technologies beyond drip irrigation will gain ground. For example, low-flush toilets could gain wide-spread use in households. Sophisticated leak detection systems could be employed at a much wider scale to prevent water loss in the water distribution networks and at home. 
    As the world tackles climate change, investors should keep a close eye on mitigation technologies that could improve lives.  
(Disclosure: I own shares in Energy Recovery Inc.) 
            









      

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