Hoping For A Higher Take: Nucor Corporation (NUE), Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX)

Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) has its shares plummet by -24.41% or $16.12 from its all-time high of $66.03. The drop in the price of the shares saw it stand at $49.91 per share. NUE has been trading at a low of $47.13 over the past one year but it surged by 5.9% or $2.78 to reach the $49.91 mark. Following the massive rise in stock price, NUE received more attention from investors and analysts. On Monday, the stock plunged by 2.36%, which caused investors and analysts to excite about it. Following the plunge in price, the NUE beta stands at 1.64, implying that its volatility level has gone up by -0.64 ahead of the general market. A look at the stock’s 200-day moving average shows that it is -11.79% below while its 50-day moving average shows that it is currently -6.62% below. Compared to 2.53% average daily volatility of past month, the stock’s average volatility for this week has increased by 0.36 as the volatility level currently stands at 2.89%.

Over the past seven days, the stock has witnessed a price surge by 1.11%. This massive rise in stock price has caught the attention of both investors and market traders. The stock has performed poorly over the past 52 weeks, dropping by -19.19% during that time frame and is now down by -3.67% since this point this year. NUE has fell by -11.99% over the past 30 days, with its equity price losing% of its value over the past ninety days. These figures add up to see the stock record a shortfall of -16.66% over the past six months.

Market analysts from research firms still remain bullish about the short-term performance of NUE. Most of them are of the view that the stock would be able to reach $61 over the next 12 months. If that happens, then the stock would witness a 22.22% rise in its price and that would see the stock’s market cap hit an astonishing $19 Billion. Analysts view this stock as a bearish at the moment as its average rating is 2.3. According to Reuters, most of the 15 analysts covering the stock at the moment believe it is a Buy. 5 of them rated NUE as a Hold while 9 of them either rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy. However, 1 of them advised investors to sell the stock if they have it or shouldn’t buy it if they don’t possess any.

The stock’s technical analysis reveals that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is currently in a neutral position as it was able to attain 40.47 points. Over the past three months, the trading volume has dropped massively, by roughly ????118.45%???, with the trading volume now standing at 1954529 shares. The decrease of -435471 shares in trading volume shows that traders and investors have shown less interest in the stock over the past few weeks. During that trading session, the average trading volume of NUE was 2390000 shares, which is more than 0.82 times higher than its usual trading volume.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. has seen its stock (NYSE:FCX) surge by $0.15 or 1.65% to currently trade at $9.25. This rise in the price of the stock has seen it establish a strong support at $9.18 a share. If the stock price is to drop below that support level, then it would be followed by a bearish trend. A slip below $9.11 would be bad for FCX as it would mean that the stock has lost 1.51% of its value. The stock going in the opposite direction and breaking past the resistance point to reach $9.37 would see it surge even higher. FCX would attempt to surge past the upward resistance point which is set at $9.49 a share. FCX has an average volatility of 3.68% over the past 30 days, while it has gained 5.08% of its value compared to its 52-weeks low point which stands at $8.78 on Aug 15, 2019. In the same breath, FCX has lost 0.22% compared to its 52-weeks high point which currently stands at $9.23 a share reached on Aug 28, 2018.

Analysts have set a 1-year price target for this stock, with most of them expecting it to reach $13.34/share over the next 12 months. If that happens, then FCX would witness a 44.22% rise from its current price. The price of the stock has been moving between $9.23 and $9.42. Not all analysts believe it would hit that target though, as some of them expect it to trade lower, as low as $10 per share. In the same breath, one analyst believes that the stock is set to soar even higher than expected, as the price target was set at $16.

The stock is currently oversold as its Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 15.63%, which implies that a jump in price could be experienced soon. Its shares P/S ratio is below the 6.84 industry average and below the 3 by the wider market, as FCX’s P/S ratio currently stands at 0.84. The stock’s estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple is 14.12 which is also below the 12-month price-earnings (P/E) which stands at 15.57. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. has experienced a fall in its earnings, recording an decrease rate of -8.4% in each quarter over the past five years.

The stock has an average rating of 2.5 which means that it has been rated as a Holdby most analysts. The stock is being covered by 20 analysts who gave a consensus recommendation of 2.5 which implies that it is currently in a neutral situation. Reuters looked into analysts covering Freeport-McMoRan Inc., and 13 of them believe that the stock is a Hold at the moment. 7 of the analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while the remaining analysts (0) rated it as a sell at the moment.