Is This The End Of The Road For QEP Resources, Inc. (QEP), WPX Energy, Inc. (WPX)

QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) jumped by 0.35% on Thursday and this got the market excited. This price movement has led to the QEP stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. The shares dropped by -37.98% or -$5.23 from its last recorded high of $13.77 which it attained on July 10 to close at $8.54 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of QEP Resources, Inc. has been trading as low as $5 before witnessing a massive surge by 70.8% or $3.54. The stock’s beta now stands at 1.65 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, QEP price stands -17.72% below and 9.64% above respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 5.58% which is less than the 6.33% recorded over the past month.

QEP Resources, Inc. (QEP) rose 48.52% this week, a trend that has led to both investors and traders taking note of the stock. Over the past one year, the equity price has embarked on a drop that has seen it decline -19.59% and is now up by 51.69% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 18.94% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -27.44% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -33.8%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of QEP Resources, Inc. with most of them predicting a $12.04 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 40.98% rise in the stock and would lead to QEP’s market cap to surge to $2.85B. The stock has been rated an average 2.3, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 16 analysts that track QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) and find out that 8 of them rated it as a Hold. 8 of the 8 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at QEP technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 64.95 point. Its trading volume has lost -1477135 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 5262865 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 6740000 shares, and this is 0.78 times the normal volume.

The price of WPX Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WPX) currently stands at $13.18 after it went up by $0.12 or 0.92% and has found a strong support at $12.85 a share. If the WPX price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $12.51 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 5.08% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $13.39, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $13.59 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 5.37%. The stock has plunged by 3.49% from its 52-weeks high of $12.72 which it reached on Oct. 04, 2018. In general, it is 24.96% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $9.89 and this setback was observed on Dec. 26, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for WPX Energy, Inc. (WPX) for 1 year and it stands at an average $20.14/share. This means that it would likely increase by 52.81% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $12.72 and $13.26. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $11. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $33.

The WPX stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 92.61%, which means that it is currently overbought and its prices could dip very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 3.48 which compares to the 99.8 recorded by the industry or the 10.77 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 21.16, which is higher than the 0 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 20.4% over the past five years.

Analysts view WPX Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WPX) as a Buy, with 1.7 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 29 analysts that follow WPX and found that 1 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 28 were divided, with 28 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying WPX Energy, Inc. (WPX) shares or sell it if they already own it.