Bargain or Bait? Stock Update on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (:GOOG)

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are valued at $162.71 at the time of writing and have moved 2.66% since the open.  Smart investors often look for value stocks with upside potential.  While this stock is priced cheaply, it’s important to determine if there is any actual value.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast. Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons.

The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has performed 3.97%. For the past month, shares are -7.17%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed -7.49%. Looking back further, Apple Inc. stock has been 3.32% over the last six months, and -3.85% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 23.15%.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have been seen trading 1.80% away from the 200-day moving average and -4.87% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -9.66% away from the 52-week high and separated 23.22% from the 52-week low. Apple Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 43.59.

Recommendations

Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 4.41% and month of 2.51%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 2.00 on the shares.  This is based on a 1 to 5 formula where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Analysts are projecting the stock to trade at 192.63 within the next 12-18 months. 

Dedicated investors are constantly on the lookout for a bargain when it comes to stock picking. As of late, investors have been taking notice of Alphabet Inc. (:GOOG) shares. During recent trading, shares saw a move of 1.36% hitting a price of $1051.94.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast.

Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons.

The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Alphabet Inc. (:GOOG) has performed -0.37%. For the past month, shares are -4.85%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 2.01%. Looking back further, Alphabet Inc. stock has been 15.04% over the last six months, and 0.53% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 29.28%.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Alphabet Inc. (:GOOG) have been seen trading 6.53% away from the 200-day moving average and -2.90% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -11.37% away from the 52-week high and separated 30.94% from the 52-week low. Alphabet Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 41.07.