Stocks Taking Center Stage: PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH)

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) trade volume has decreased by -1.87% as around 10,130,563 shares were sold when compared with its 50-day average volume of traded shares which is 10,323,190. At the moment, PYPL is witnessing a uptrend, as it is trading 2.28% above its 20-day SMA, 2.68% above its 50-day SMA, and 3.33% above its 200-day SMA. The company runs an ROE of roughly 13.8%, with financial analysts predicting that their earnings per share growth will be around 20.51% per annum for the next five year. This will be compared to the 20.5% increase witnessed over the past five years.

The last few days have been rough for PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL), as its price has decreased by -0.19% during the week. It has also performed poorly over the past three months, as it lost around -3.57% while it has so far climbed around 20.53% during the course of a year. The price of the stock went up by $1.63 now trading at $85.82. Their shares witnessed a 23.29% increase from the 52-week low price of $69.61 they recorded on 2018-05-03. Even though it is still -9.18% behind the $93.7 high touched on 2018-09-13. The stock of PYPL recorded 16.57% uptrend from the beginning of this year till date. The 12-month potential price target for PayPal Holdings, Inc. is set at $99.58. This target means that the stock has an upside potential to increase by 16.03% from the current trading price.

When giving their opinion, around 77.78% of Wall Street analysts, which represents 35 out of 45 rated the stock as a Buy. 10 brokerage firms of the remaining 22.22% rated the stock as a Hold with 0 analyst rating it as a sell. Overall, the number of aggregate PYPL shares held by institutional investors represents 82.5% of total shares. 141 institutions entered new PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) positions, 716 added to their existing positions in these shares, 598 lowered their positions, and 79 exited their positions entirely.

The first technical resistance point for PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) will likely come at $87.36, marking a 1.76% premium to the current level. The second resistance point is at $88.89, about 3.45% premium to its current market price. On the other hand, inability to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $79.75, the lower end of the range. PYPL’s 14-day MACD is 2.88 and this positive figure indicates an upward trading trend. The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) score is 53.48, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the stock stands at 46.96 percent, which is low when compared to that of the 50-day’s 47.8 percent.

The shares of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has decreased by -0.61%, and now trading at $276.85 on the Wall Street in the intra-day deal, with their shares traded now around 6,561,228. This is a rise of 2,904,630 shares over the average 3,656,598 shares that were traded daily over the last three months. The stock that is trading at $276.85 went higher by 32.79% from its 52-week low of $208.48 that it attained back on 2018-02-05. The stock recorded a 52-week high of $287.94 nearly 3 days ago on 2018-12-04.

UNH stock has performed well over the past 30 days, as it added 6.07% while its price climbed by 25.58% year-to-date (YTD). Looking at the last few days, it has been tough for the stock, as it tumbled -1.46% over the last week. The stock’s 12-month potential target price is now at $308.45. This means that the stock price might likely increase by 11.41% from its current trading price.23 out of 24 Wall Street analysts which represents 95.83% rated the stock as a buy while the remaining 4.17 rated it as a hold, with 0 of analysts rating it as a sell.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has been utilizing an ROE that is roughly 26%, with stock analysts predicting that the company’s EPS for the next five years will go up by 15.8% per year, following the 12.5% raise that was witnessed during the past five years. The stock at the moment is on a uptrend, trading 1.96% above its 20-day SMA, 3.67% above its 50-day SMA, and 10.5% above its 200-day SMA. In percentage terms, the aggregate UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares held by institutional investors is 88.5%. 110 institutions jumped in to acquire UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) fresh stake, 832 added to their current holdings in these shares, 776 lowered their positions, and 65 left no stake in the company.

The stock’s 9-day MACD is 4.41 and this positive figure indicates an upward trading trend. The company’s 9-day RSI score is 55.35, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the shares stand at 27.19 percent, which is more when compared to that of the 50-day’s 26.5 percent. On the daily chart, we see that the stock could reach the first level of resistance at $280.78, sporting a 1.4% premium to the current level. The next resistance point is at $284.7, representing nearly 2.76% premium to the current market price of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH). On the other hand, failure to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $261.32, the lower end of the range.