Are There Any Catalysts to Propel Shares of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) or Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)?

Are shares of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) ready to make a move?  Increased volatility and interest from bargain investors have put the stock on a number of investor’s watchlists of late.  The stock is pricing at $91.46 after moving -0.17% from the opening bell. 

Here we’ll take a quick glance at how the stock price is currently trading in relation to some of its simple moving averages. At current levels, The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) shares have been seen trading -1.10% away from the 20-day moving average. The stock has been recently separated from the 50-day moving average by -0.91%. Using a broader approach, shares have been trading 2.46% off of the 200-day moving average. After the latest check-in, company stock is -3.39% off of the 50 day high and 1.78% away from the 50 day low price.

In terms of performance, shares of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) are 8.78% since the start of 2016. Over the past week, shares are -1.04%. Moving out to look at the previous month performance, the stock is at -2.19%. For the quarter, performance is at 5.49%. During the past six months, The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)’s stock has been 1.27% and 3.30% for the last 12 months.

Investors are constantly attempting to find the next great stock to own. Picking the next winner to bolster the portfolio may involve some hard work and a little bit of stock market magic. Sifting through the wealth of information about public companies can be a daunting task. Many sharp investors will attack the equity markets from many different angles.

This may include keeping close tabs on fundamental and technical data. This may also include tracking analyst opinions and following what the big money institutions are buying or selling.

So, most importantly, where are shares headed from here? In order to get a sense of Wall Street sentiment, we can look to brokerage analyst estimates. On a one to five ratings scale where 1.0 indicates a Strong Buy, 2.0 indicates a Buy, 3.0 a Hold, 4.0 a Sell and 5.0 a Stong Sell. The Procter & Gamble Company currently has an average analyst recommendation of 2.50 according to analysts. This is the average number based on the total brokerage firms taken into consideration by Beta Systems Research. The same analysts have a future one-year price target of $93.74 on the shares.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) stock is pricing at $86.39 after moving 0.42% thus far this session.  Technical levels will be in focus as the volatility has increased given recent attention.  

Let’s take a quick look at how the price of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) is currently trading in comparison to some of its simple moving averages. At current levels, shares have been seen trading 0.86% away from the 20-day moving average. The stock has been recently separated from the 50-day moving average by 1.98%. Using a broader approach, the stock has been trading 8.90% off of the 200-day moving average. After the latest check-in, shares are -0.32% off of the 50 day high and 4.58% away from the 50 day low number.

In terms of performance, shares of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) are 18.60% since the start of 2016. Over the past week, shares are 0.37%. Moving out to look at the previous month performance, the stock is at 0.78%. For the quarter, performance is at 4.65%. During the past six months, Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)’s stock has been 16.73% and 12.47% for the last 12 months.

Investors are always on the look for the next great stock to own. Picking the next winner to bolster the portfolio may involve some hard work and a little bit of stock market magic. Sifting through the wealth of information about public companies can be a daunting task.

Many savvy investors will attack the equity markets from many different angles. This may include keeping close tabs on fundamental and technical data. This may also include tracking analyst opinions and following what the big money institutions are buying or selling.