Setting Up For A Move Higher: Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (SHO), Assurant, Inc. (AIZ)

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE:SHO) average daily volatility for this week is 1.82% which is less than the 2.09% recorded over the past month. Its shares dropped by -16.7% or -$2.94 from its last recorded high of $17.6 which it attained on April 06 to close at $14.66 per share. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. has been trading as low as $12.7 before witnessing a massive surge by 15.43% or $1.96. This price movement has led to the SHO stock receiving more attention and has become one to watch out for. It dipped by -0.27% on Thursday and this got the market worried. The stock’s beta now stands at 1.23 and when compared to its 200-day moving average and its 50-day moving average, SHO price stands -5.2% below and 2.21% above respectively.

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (SHO) sank -1.15% 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 -0.88% and is now up by 12.68% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 4.71% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price climbed by 2.37% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month decrease to stand at -11.9%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. with most of them predicting a $14.77 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 0.75% rise in the stock and would lead to SHO’s market cap to surge to $3.37B. The stock has been rated an average 3.2, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 13 analysts that track Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE:SHO) and find out that 10 of them rated it as a Hold. 0 of the 3 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 3 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at SHO technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 47.8 point. Its trading volume has added 1627044 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 4057044 shares. This means there is improved activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 2430000 shares, and this is 1.67 times the normal volume.

The price of Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) currently stands at $98.2 after it went down by $-3.08 or -3.04% and has found a strong support at $96.64 a share. If the AIZ price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $95.08 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 3.18% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $99.74, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $101.28 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 1.81%. The stock has plunged by 1.61% from its 52-weeks high of $96.62 which it reached on Jul. 27, 2018. In general, it is 16.18% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $82.31 and this setback was observed on Dec. 26, 2018.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Assurant, Inc. (AIZ) for 1 year and it stands at an average $128/share. This means that it would likely increase by 30.35% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $96.62 and $99.72. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $120. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $132.

The AIZ stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 28.41%, which means that it is currently oversold and its prices could jump very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 0.75 which compares to the 2.72 recorded by the industry or the 10.69 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 10.01, which is lower than the 23.71 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone down, with a quarterly decrease rate of -8.7% over the past five years.

Analysts view Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) as a Hold, with 2.2 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 5 analysts that follow AIZ and found that 1 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 4 were divided, with 4 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 0 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Assurant, Inc. (AIZ) shares or sell it if they already own it.