Digging For Gems In The Shakeout: Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (KRO), Vertex Energy, Inc. (VTNR)

The price of Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) went up by $0.21 now trading at $14.57. Their shares witnessed a 38.63% increase from the 52-week low price of $10.51 they recorded on 2018-12-26. Even though it is still -78.11% behind the $25.95 high touched on 2018-05-23. The last few days have been rough for the stock, as its price has decreased by -0.21% during the week. It has also performed better over the past three months, as it added around 18.07% while it has so far retreated around -37.66% during the course of a year. The stock of KRO recorded 26.48% uptrend from the beginning of this year till date. The 12-month potential price target for Kronos Worldwide, Inc. is set at $14.67. This target means that the stock has an upside potential to increase by 0.69% from the current trading price.

27 institutions entered new Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) positions, 71 added to their existing positions in these shares, 83 lowered their positions, and 41 exited their positions entirely.

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (KRO) trade volume has decreased by -5.61% as around 322,893 shares were sold when compared with its 50-day average volume of traded shares which is 342,074. At the moment, KRO is witnessing a uptrend, as it is trading 3.29% above its 20-day SMA, 1.16% above its 50-day SMA, and -8.57% above its 200-day SMA. The company runs an ROE of roughly 24.2%, with financial analysts predicting that their earnings per share growth will be around 0% per annum for the next five year. This will be compared to the 32% increase witnessed over the past five years.

The first technical resistance point for Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) will likely come at $14.74, marking a 1.15% premium to the current level. The second resistance point is at $14.92, about 2.35% premium to its current market price. On the other hand, inability to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $14.28, the lower end of the range. KRO’s 14-day MACD is 0.12 and this positive figure indicates an upward trading trend. The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) score is 55.12, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the stock stands at 33.25 percent, which is low when compared to that of the 50-day’s 36.71 percent.

The shares of Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR) has increased by 0.62%, and now trading at $1.61 on the Wall Street in the intra-day deal, with their shares traded now around 61,234. This is a decline of -15,794 shares over the average 77,028 shares that were traded daily over the last three months. The stock that is trading at $1.61 went higher by 89.41% from its 52-week low of $0.85 that it attained back on 2018-07-23. The stock recorded a 52-week high of $2.04 nearly 197 days ago on 2018-10-01.

VTNR stock has performed well over the past 30 days, as it added 16.67% while its price climbed by 57.84% year-to-date (YTD). Looking at the last few days, it has been tough for the stock, as it tumbled -2.42% over the last week. The stock’s 12-month potential target price is now at $2.5. This means that the stock price might likely increase by 55.28% from its current trading price. 2 out of 2 Wall Street analysts which represents 100% rated the stock as a buy while the remaining 0% rated it as a hold, with 0% of analysts rating it as a sell.

Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR) has been utilizing an ROE that is roughly -29.8%, with stock analysts predicting that the company’s EPS for the next five years will go up by 20% per year, following the -20.9% drop that was witnessed during the past five years. The stock at the moment is on a uptrend, trading 0.36% above its 20-day SMA, 14.8% above its 50-day SMA, and 17.79% above its 200-day SMA. In percentage terms, the aggregate Vertex Energy, Inc. shares held by institutional investors is 20.8%. 3 institutions jumped in to acquire Vertex Energy, Inc. (VTNR) fresh stake, 18 added to their current holdings in these shares, 14 lowered their positions, and 7 left no stake in the company.

The stock’s 9-day MACD is -0.02 and this negative figure indicates a downward trading trend. The company’s 9-day RSI score is 53.7, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the shares stand at 20.87 percent, which is less when compared to that of the 50-day’s 64.74 percent. On the daily chart, we see that the stock could reach the first level of resistance at $1.68, sporting a 4.17% premium to the current level. The next resistance point is at $1.75, representing nearly 8% premium to the current market price of Vertex Energy, Inc. (VTNR). On the other hand, failure to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $1.53, the lower end of the range.