Recession-Proof Your Portfolio: Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), Extended Stay America, Inc. (STAY)

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) is still -7.21% behind the $153.51 high touched on 2018-10-03. Even though its shares witnessed a 33.05% increase from the 52-week low price of $107.61 they recorded on 2018-02-09. The price recently went down by -$0.43 now trading at $143.18. The last few days have been rough for the stock, as its price has decreased by -3.65% during the week. It has also performed poorly over the past three months, as it lost around -2.78% while it has so far climbed around 23.77% during the course of a year. The stock of ADP recorded 22.18% uptrend from the beginning of this year till date. The 12-month potential price target for Automatic Data Processing, Inc. is set at $158.33. This target means that the stock has an upside potential to increase by 10.58% from the current trading price.

When giving their opinion, around 38.1% of Wall Street analysts, which represents 8 out of 21 rated the stock as a Buy. 13 brokerage firms of the remaining 61.9% rated the stock as a Hold with 0 analyst rating it as a sell. Overall, the number of aggregate ADP shares held by institutional investors represents 79.8% of total shares. 114 institutions entered new Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) positions, 511 added to their existing positions in these shares, 702 lowered their positions, and 83 exited their positions entirely.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) trade volume has increased by 47.86% as around 3,292,603 shares were sold when compared with its 50-day average volume of traded shares which is 2,226,772. At the moment, ADP is witnessing a downtrend, as it is trading -1.31% below its 20-day SMA, -0.98% below its 50-day SMA, and 6.98% below its 200-day SMA. The company runs an ROE of roughly 39.7%, with financial analysts predicting that their earnings per share growth will be around 16.66% per annum for the next five year. This will be compared to the 9.7% increase witnessed over the past five years.

The first technical resistance point for Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) will likely come at $144.84, marking a 1.15% premium to the current level. The second resistance point is at $146.51, about 2.27% premium to its current market price. On the other hand, inability to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $136.63, the lower end of the range. ADP’s 14-day MACD is 0.03 and this positive figure indicates an upward trading trend. The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) score is 47.55, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the stock stands at 27.12 percent, which is low when compared to that of the 50-day’s 29.3 percent.

The shares of Extended Stay America, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAY) has decreased by -0.22%, and now trading at $17.84 on the Wall Street in the intra-day deal, with their shares traded now around 2,769,270. This is a rise of 1,261,634 shares over the average 1,507,636 shares that were traded daily over the last three months. The stock that is trading at $17.84 went higher by 13.41% from its 52-week low of $15.73 that it attained back on 2018-10-24. The stock recorded a 52-week high of $22.58 nearly 168 days ago on 2018-06-22.

STAY stock hasn’t performed well over the past 30 days, as it lost -1.76% while its price plunged by -6.11% year-to-date (YTD). Looking at the last few days, it has been tough for the stock, as it tumbled -2.78% over the last week. The stock’s 12-month potential target price is now at $22.21. This means that the stock price might likely increase by 24.5% from its current trading price.8 out of 11 Wall Street analysts which represents 72.73% rated the stock as a buy while the remaining 27.27 rated it as a hold, with 0 of analysts rating it as a sell.

Extended Stay America, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAY) has been utilizing an ROE that is roughly 12.9%, with stock analysts predicting that the company’s EPS for the next five years will go up by 4.2% per year, following the 32.9% raise that was witnessed during the past five years. The stock at the moment is on a downtrend, trading -2.19% below its 20-day SMA, -2.25% below its 50-day SMA, and -10.42% below its 200-day SMA. In percentage terms, the aggregate Extended Stay America, Inc. shares held by institutional investors is 0%. 51 institutions jumped in to acquire Extended Stay America, Inc. (STAY) fresh stake, 157 added to their current holdings in these shares, 135 lowered their positions, and 26 left no stake in the company.

The stock’s 9-day MACD is -0.17 and this negative figure indicates a downward trading trend. The company’s 9-day RSI score is 41.95, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the shares stand at 20.68 percent, which is less when compared to that of the 50-day’s 37.54 percent. On the daily chart, we see that the stock could reach the first level of resistance at $18.1, sporting a 1.44% premium to the current level. The next resistance point is at $18.35, representing nearly 2.78% premium to the current market price of Extended Stay America, Inc. (STAY). On the other hand, failure to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $16.95, the lower end of the range.