Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) stock enjoyed an overall uptrend of 15.35% from the beginning of 2019. The closing share price quoted for February 12, 2019 was $55.92. The 0.25% rally might have been tempting for an investor to buy at this point.

A fresh roundup today notes that RIO stock has added around 4.1% of its value in the past 12 months, suggesting more investors have expressed joy over about in that time period. If we turn to the Street in general, the positives still outweigh the negatives as we can see that Rio Tinto plc (RIO), have a buy (2) analyst consensus rating. In the current time, the stock has 5 buy and 1 hold ratings. The stock registered its 52-week high of $60.72 on June 06 and its 52-week low of $44.62 on October 12. Currently, the shares are trading $3.47 above its YTD moving average of $52.45.

To help you decide whether it’s worth the wait (and the money), Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) is currently trading at 9.65X the company’s trailing-12-month earnings per share, which represents a discount compared to the sector’s 31.72X and comes in below its industry’s 12.84X. The most popular method for valuing a stock is to study the historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio using reported earnings for the past 12 months. The EPS number for this stock in the most recent four quarters of earnings stood at $5.79. P/E ratio is so popular because it’s simple, it’s effective, and, tautologically, because everyone uses it.

The 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) on Tuesday, February 12 of 2019 shows that the price on average moves $0.99. The average daily volatility is 1.25% over the past week. Low volatility is good for the stock and it means we have calm and confident investors. If you check recent Rio Tinto plc (RIO) volume, you will see that it has changed to 4.6 million shares versus the average daily volume of 3.06 million shares.

When you look at the daily chart for RIO, you will observe the stock held 12.9% gains in the 6-month period and maintains 25.32% distance from its most recent low. The past 5-day performance for the share stays negative at -0.55% but up 4.53% from its three-week moving average. Comparing to 50-day SMA, Rio Tinto plc shares price is now up 11.55%. It also closed 7.88% higher from its 200-day SMA. This is often seen as the last line of defense for long term trends to find support at, else be considered broken and/or in a bear market. The daily chart of the stock more clearly reveals the slide in prices as it closed Tuesday with a 1-month performance at 10.71%.