Is There a Catalyst Out There For USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA) or Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL)?

Shares of USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA) are on our watchlist today as the stock has moved 0.13% from the open, touching $74.30 on a recent trade. While the stock has a nice low price tag to it, does it have any 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, USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA) shares have performed -0.60%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 21.21%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 16.73%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 0.34%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA) have been seen trading -2.43% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 15.73% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -2.43% off the 52-week high and 41.39% away from the 52-week low.

Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) are being monitored closely by investors today as the name is currently priced at $79.31, a -0.49% 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, Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) has performed -0.13%. For the past month, shares are 0.71%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed -9.56%. Looking back further, Stepan Company stock has been -9.98% over the last six months, and 0.43% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are -0.69%.

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 Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) have been seen trading -3.97% away from the 200-day moving average and -0.98% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -14.69% away from the 52-week high and separated 15.76% from the 52-week low. Stepan Company’s RSI is presently sitting at 50.00.

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 2.15% and month of 2.03%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 3.00 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 90.50 within the next 12-18 months.