A Look at these Riveting Stocks: PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) and The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD)

PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) moved 0.75% from the recent close and currently pricing at $76.84.  There has been some talk amongst investors regarding this name and is on many “cheap” stock watchlists.  Cheap that is in terms of price, but what about value?

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) shares have performed 3.14%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 20.53%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 22.08%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 9.87%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) have been seen trading 0.39% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 17.83% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -6.06% off the 52-week high and 26.61% away from the 52-week low.

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RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

While looking at past performance of a particular stock is important when speculating on its future, we must take other indicators into consideration as well.  What are the returns?   PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR)’s Return on Assets (ROA) of 1.00% is an indicator of how profitable PetroChina Company Limited is relative to their total assets. ROA gives us an idea of how efficient management is at using assets to generate earnings  We get ROA by dividing their annual earnings by their total assets.  PetroChina Company Limited’s Return on Equity (ROE) is 2.00%, measure their profitability and reveals how much profit they generate with the money their shareholders. We calculate ROE by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.  Finally, PetroChina Company Limited’s Return on Investment, a measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment, calculated by the return of an investment divided by the cost, stands at 2.60%.  Analysts on a consensus basis have a 1.00 recommendation on this stock.

The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) shares are on our watchlist today as the stock has moved 0.47% from the recent close, pricing at $196.42 at the time of press.  This stock has garnered the attention of value investors and here we’ll take a look at the equity’s recent performance.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) shares have performed 2.04%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 19.34%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 28.48%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 3.64%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) have been seen trading 0.87% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 22.36% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading 0.87% off the 52-week high and 46.65% away from the 52-week low.