Volatile Stock in Focus: GDS Holdings Limited (:GDS)

After a recent volatility check, GDS Holdings Limited (:GDS) shares have popped up on the radar. Watching the ATR or average true range, we have noted that the current level is 1.40. The ATR or average true range was developed by J. Welles Wilder. The ATR tracks the distance that the stock price is moving each period. The ATR may be used by investors and traders to gauge when markets are likely to range, when extreme stock price levels are being approached, or if there is significant interest in a trend. ATR may be used as an indicator, but it may not predict anything by itself. Higher ATR’s may indicate that the stock is trending, and smaller ATR’s may be indicitive of stock price consolidation. The ATR range will be positive whether or not shares are trending up or down. ATR may allow traders to more accurately buy or sell into certain trends.

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GDS Holdings Limited (:GDS) has a current consensus broker rating of 1.80. This rating follows a scale where a 1 or a 2 would represent a consensus Buy recommendation. A rating of 4 or 5 would indicate a consensus Sell recommendation. A rating of 3 would represent a Hold recommendation. Checking in on the RSI or relative strength index, we see that the 14-day level is 52.98. The RSI operates in a range-bound area with values between 0 and 100. When the RSI line heads higher, the stock may be showing strength. The opposite is the case when the RSI line is moving down. RSI may be used to spot overbought or oversold conditions. An RSI reading over 70 would be considered overbought, and a value under 30 would indicate oversold conditions. A level of 50 would represent neutral market momentum.

At current stock price levels, we have noted that GDS Holdings Limited (:GDS) shares are separated -7.40% from the 52 week high and 100.53% off of the 52 week low. From the open, the stock has seen a change of -0.97%. Looking at some other high/low data, the stock has been seen trading -7.40% away from the 50 day high and 9.86% off of the 50 day low. In terms of volume, the current value is near 957909. Investors may be keeping a close eye on unusual trading volume on company shares. A large increase or decrease in trading volume may suggest that other factors are present.

Tracking some historical performance information for GDS Holdings Limited (:GDS), we have noted that performance for the previous week is 0.24%. YTD, the stock has performed 80.99%. Over the last full-year, shares have performed 78.06%. For the previous month, company shares are 2.43%. For the last quarter, the stock has performed 13.93%. Tracking some recent volatility numbers, shares are 2.67% for the week, and 3.08% for the past month.

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