As we move further into the year, individual investors may be reviewing the stock portfolio. Many investors will be trying to figure out if certain stocks will be able to muster up some momentum moving forward. To get a sense of where a stock might be going, investors often study historical information and where the stock has been. Over the past 12 weeks, shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) have seen a move of 13.42%. Looking back over the past month, shares have moved 11.33%. Over the previous week, the stock has moved 8.73%. Taking a peek at some possible support and resistance levels, we note that the 52-week high is presently sitting at 45.21, and the 52-week low is presently 24.98. Interested investors will be paying close attention to shares if they begin to approach either of those levels.
Many investors get into the stock market with unrealistic expectations. For whatever reason, they may have the mindset that snatching profits is easy. Thinking that profits can be doubled or tripled right away may lead the investor down the road of no return. Although the lucky few might hit some big winners right off the bat, these chances are quite low. Stocks tend to be volatile in the short-term. Unless investors have a game plan ready to capitalize on short-term movements, they may want to take a wider, longer-term approach. Trying to figure out which way the market will turn from one day to the next can be a highly frustrating procedure. Having the patience to thoroughly examine every trade can immensely boost the investor’s chances of surviving and thriving into the future.
After a recent stock review, we can see that Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) currently has an average broker rating of 2. Based on analysts polled by Zacks Research, this rating lands on an easy to follow scale from 1 to 5 where a 1 would indicate a Strong Buy and a 5 would represent a Strong Sell recommendation. Sell-side analysts often provide recommendations for stocks that they regularly cover. Different institutions may use various terminologies for how they describe their ratings. Because individual analyst ratings can vary, investors may choose to follow the average in order to track the general sell-side sentiment. Looking a little further, we can see that 1 polled analysts currently have the stock rated as a Strong Buy or Buy.
Following some earnings data for Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM), we note that the current quarter EPS consensus estimate is 0.73. This EPS estimate is using data provided by 1 sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research. This consensus estimate may vary from other data outlets providing consensus projections. Last quarter, the company reported a quarterly EPS of 0.77. Investors often pay extra close to the actual numbers when they are reported. If the actual comes in way under what the analysts were predicting, investors might want to take a deeper look to see what is going on with the stock. Investors may also be on the lookout for positive surprises on earnings beats. When a company reports actual earnings results, the surprise factor may cause the stock price to move sharply in either direction. Because it is difficult to gauge how a stock will react after the earnings report, investors may trade with increased caution during this period of time.
On a typical market day there is no shortage of stock news. Investors are often tasked with trying to decipher which news is worth paying attention to and which isn’t. Not only is there plenty of swirling news, there are usually plenty of opinions that follow. Closely following market sentiment can be useful for some, but it may impede others when decisions need to be made. When it comes to dedicated stock research, taking shortcuts may result in disappointing portfolio performance. Investors have to be careful not to be tempted by the hot stocks of the day. Of course, maybe some of those stocks would fit well in the portfolio, but doing individual stock study can help confirm the addition.
Investors tracking shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) may be closely following analyst price target estimates. Reviewing company shares, we can see that the current average target price is 45. Keeping track of all the day to day stock market happenings can sometimes be a burden, even for the most seasoned investors. Investors may use sell-side analyst target estimates to help figure out if their assumptions about the future direction of a particular stock price are shared. Of course, nobody can project the future stock price of a company with exact precision. Investors may use analyst target prices as a good starting point for comparing current stock prices and making educated projections themselves.
Serious investors are often looking for that next batch of quality stocks to add to the portfolio. Finding quality stocks at a discount can be a tough task, especially with the market trading at such high levels. Many investors will be patiently waiting for a dip to get in on some researched names. Being prepared for any situation may help the investor make those tricky decisions when opportunities present themselves. Nobody can say for sure which way momentum is likely to swing heading into the New Year. Staying on top of the key economic data can help provide a good baseline for stock investing decisions in the near future.
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