Can These Stocks Gain Any Traction: Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL), State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT)?

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) are being monitored closely by investors today as the name is currently priced at $137.68, a 0.17% difference from where it most recently opened.  So where is the stock headed from here?  We will take a quick look here at how the stock has performed recently.

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, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has performed 0.36%. For the past month, shares are 2.10%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 2.82%. Looking back further, Ecolab Inc. stock has been 3.74% over the last six months, and 2.61% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 16.05%.

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 Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) have been seen trading 4.82% away from the 200-day moving average and 2.85% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -0.20% away from the 52-week high and separated 17.14% from the 52-week low. Ecolab Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 63.08.

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 1.02% and month of 0.96%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 2.20 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 139.47 within the next 12-18 months. 

State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) are valued at $107.24 at the time of writing and have moved 0.92% 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, State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) has performed 8.80%. For the past month, shares are 9.23%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 8.73%. Looking back further, State Street Corporation stock has been 16.48% over the last six months, and 9.87% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 30.64%.

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 State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) have been seen trading 18.04% away from the 200-day moving average and 12.10% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading 1.31% away from the 52-week high and separated 44.04% from the 52-week low. State Street Corporation’s RSI is presently sitting at 83.21.