Investor Blotter: Studying the Levels for Plains All American Pipeline LP (NYSE:PAA)

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) saw a change of -0.44% after an initial -0.16% gap change ahead of the most recent open.  2402988 shares traded hands in the latest session compared to the average volume of 2649.14 for the stock.  So far this year investors have seen value move -9.53%, while the stock has moved -9.85% over the past month’s time.  Volatility moved 2.15%  for the week and 2.18% over the past month.  Quarter over quarter, EPS has grown 685.10%, creating a market capitalization of 13199.18m for Plains All American Pipeline, L.P..

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So how do the margins line up?  At the time of writing Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) has a gross margin of 11.10%, an operating margin of 8.70% and a profit margin of 8.90%.  In terms of shareholder returns, the firm is reporting 11.40% return on assets, 30.40% return on equity and 11.00% return on investment, or ROI.  Analysts have taken these numbers and determined that within the next 12-18 months the stock price will move towards $27.  This is the consensus projection based on all the sell-side firms covering the shares.  

Tracking moving averages is one of the most universally used techniques for performing technical stock analysis. Checking on some levels for Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA), the 50-day Moving Average is currently 20.38, the 200-day Moving Average is 22.78, and the 7-day is standing at 18.7. Moving averages use a series of historical data combined with the current stock price for calculation. Traders may find value in combining multiple time periods using moving averages to help compare how the equity is faring on a long-term and short-term basis. Many investors may use MA’s as a way to develop support and resistance levels in order to spot specific trade entries and exits.

Traders may also be paying close attention to RSI levels on shares of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA). The current 14-day RSI is presently sitting at 25.51, the 7-day is 19.16, and the 3-day is 6.87. The RSI, or Relative Strength Index is a popular oscillating indicator among traders and investors. The RSI operates in a range-bound area with values between 0 and 100. When the RSI line moves up, the stock may be experiencing strength. The opposite is the case when the RSI line is heading lower. Different time periods may be used when using the RSI indicator. The RSI may be more volatile using a shorter period of time. Many traders keep an eye on the 30 and 70 marks on the RSI scale. A move above 70 is widely considered to show the stock as overbought, and a move below 30 would indicate that the stock may be oversold. Traders may use these levels to help identify stock price reversals.

When completing stock analysis, investors and traders may opt to review other technical levels. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) currently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of -178.36. Investors and traders may use this indicator to help spot price reversals, price extremes, and the strength of a trend. Many investors will use the CCI in conjunction with other indicators when evaluating a trade. The CCI may be used to spot if a stock is entering overbought (+100) and oversold (-100) territory. The Average Directional Index or ADX is often considered to be an important tool for technical trading or investing. The ADX is a technical indicator developed by J. Welles Wilder used to determine the strength of a trend. The ADX is often used along with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to identify the direction of the trend. Presently, the 14-day ADX is resting at 28.04.

Generally speaking, an ADX value from 0-25 would indicate an absent or weak trend. A value of 25-50 would indicate a strong trend. A value of 50-75 would signal a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would indicate an extremely strong trend.

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