Today’s Actionable Stocks: Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO)

Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) rose 0.43% 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 rally that has seen it rise 22.67% and is now up by 4.45% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 4.79% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price climbed by 0.16% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month increase to stand at 6.15%.

The shares of Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) dropped by -3.88% or -$3.91 from its last recorded high of $100.76 which it attained on November 20 to close at $96.85 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Atmos Energy Corporation has been trading as low as $78.75 before witnessing a massive surge by 22.98% or $18.1. This price movement has led to the ATO stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. It dipped by -1.14% on Monday and this got the market worried. The stock’s beta now stands at 0.26 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, ATO price stands 4.76% above and 2.03% above respectively. Its average daily volatility for this week is 1.95% which is more than the 1.67% recorded over the past month.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Atmos Energy Corporation with most of them predicting a $101.43 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 4.73% rise in the stock and would lead to ATO’s market cap to surge to $11.74B. The stock has been rated an average 2.3, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 8 analysts that track Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) and find out that 2 of them rated it as a Hold. 5 of the 6 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at ATO technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 53.85 point. Its trading volume has added 1595877 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 2459837 shares. This means there is improved activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 863960 shares, and this is 2.85 times the normal volume.

The price of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) currently stands at $244.57 after it went up by $1.06 or 0.44% and has found a strong support at $243.25 a share. If the TMO price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $241.94 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 1.08% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $246.01, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $247.46 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 1.69%. The stock has plunged by 0.49% from its 52-weeks high of $243.38 which it reached on Mar. 12, 2018. In general, it is 20.47% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $194.51 and this setback was observed on Feb. 04, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO) for 1 year and it stands at an average $272.25/share. This means that it would likely increase by 11.32% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $243.38 and $246.14. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $250. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $300.

The TMO stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 73.21%, which means that it is currently neutral. The shares P/S ratio stands at 4.04 which compares to the 11.57 recorded by the industry or the 9.88 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 18.13, which is lower than the 33.77 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 12.2% over the past five years.

Analysts view Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) as a Buy, with 1.7 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 18 analysts that follow TMO and found that 3 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 15 were divided, with 15 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO) shares or sell it if they already own it.