Think Again, Think Ahead: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) rose 1.63% 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 -17.18% and is now up by 8.01% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 0.52% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price dipped by -11.28% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -3.17%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. with most of them predicting a $135.63 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 28.41% rise in the stock and would lead to RCL’s market cap to surge to $27.94B. The stock has been rated an average 0, which roughly stands towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 20 analysts that track Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) and find out that 4 of them rated it as a Hold. 16 of the 16 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 RCL technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 56.67 point. Its trading volume has lost -437315 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 1452685 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 1890000 shares, and this is 0.77 times the normal volume.

Analysts have predicted a price target for British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) for 1 year and it stands at an average $54.06/share. This means that it would likely increase by 67.73% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $31.94 and $32.45. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $37.67. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $65.5.

Analysts view British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI) as a Hold, with 2.3 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 4 analysts that follow BTI and found that 1 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 3 were divided, with 2 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 analysts advised investors to desist from buying British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) shares or sell it if they already own it.