Setting Up Technical Traps: Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA) – AllStockNews

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Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) trades at $68.16 having a market capitalization of $38.97 billion. ESRX stock price lost -9.91% over the past year, yielding a positive weighted alpha of 0.4 percent. It should be noted that a moderate but positive weighted alpha indicates additional price increase, though for not too long.

Weighted Alpha is used to calculate how much a share has gone up or down over a certain period, normally a year. In general, more thrust is placed on most recent actions by assigning higher weights to it than those assigned to past movements. This assists to give a return figure that has a stronger focus on the most current period and is thus a better measure for short-term analysis. This technique is highly famous among technical analysts. If the stock is up it will have a positively weighted alpha. If the stock price is unchanged its weighted alpha will be smaller. A stock price loss will yield a negatively weighted alpha.

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) Technical Metrics

Support is likely to come between $66.21 a share to $64.27 a share level. However, if the ESRX shares go below $64.27 then it would indicate a much weaker market for the company. In that case, its shares would mark a 5.71% decline from the most recent price. The typical day in the last two weeks has seen about a 3.53% volatility. The average volume for Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has been 3.92 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ESRX has a 1-week performance of 10.88%. ESRX price is down nearly -13.34% from its 52-week high price of $77.25 a share but is up about 18.13% from its 52-week low price of $55.8 a share.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) has accumulated 10.88% over the course of one week. It seems that Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) might see muted action given an ABR of 2.9 or Hold rating. Analysts, on average, seem bearish as they suggest ASNA is worth $-0.11 less, giving a target price of $2.5 a share. ESRX share have plunged by -0.92% in percentage terms since the start of the year – and added 13% in the last month. Volume in the last session has increased compared with ESRX’s average trading volume. We think the increased volume is representative of buyers as it has displayed in many other cases.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) Major Trends On The Chart

ASNA’s Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 76.2%. Values of %D line that are above 80 indicate that the security is overbought; prices could well fall in the near future. And the values below 20 that it is oversold indicate prices could very well bounce upwards. The Stochastic Oscillator is a powerful technical tool that is somewhat surprisingly easy to understand. In a basic sense, it is used by technicians to measure the speed or momentum of the price movement. It represents the location of the previous close relative to the price range over a set number of periods. This can be more easily understood, however, by pulling apart the two lines on the stochastic oscillator and explaining the simple underlying mathematical formulas. The first line is called the %K line, which analyzes the actual price movements in the shares and can be defined as: %K = (Current Close – Lowest Low)/(Highest High – Lowest Low) * 100. The second line, the %D line is simple a 3-day moving average of the %K line. There are three primary ways to read the Stochastic Oscillator in search of entry points, but traders should follow the %D line closely because that indicates major trends on the chart.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) Critical Levels

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA)’s latest quote $2.61 $3.75 5.67% will find technical support in $2.51 a share and a breakdown below this region would be a significantly bearish signal for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. traders. Any way you dice it, a dip below $2.41 a share would be very bad news for ASNA’s technical picture in the near-term. The $2.41 level represents at least another 7.66% downside for the stock from its current price. If Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) shares can stay above the price resistance around $2.7 a share, that could help propel Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) higher to the next line of resistance at $2.79 a share. The typical day in the last one month has seen about a 5.82% volatility. ASNA is down around 36.78% from its 12-month high of $1.65 notched on May 18, 2017 but is -2859.77% above its highest point the past 12 months of $77.25 a share.