CVS Caremark ($76.49) set an all-time intraday high at $79.43 on June 6 and ended last week below its 50-day SMA at $77.12 with the 200-day SMA at $71.60.
Analysts expect the company to report earnings of $1.10. CVS has a 12 month trailing P/E ratio of 17.6 and a dividend yield at 1.4%.
The weekly chart shifts to negative given a close this week below its five-week MMA at $77.00. Semiannual and annual value levels are $66.14 and $61.13, respectively, a weekly pivot at $75.26 and quarterly and semiannual risky levels at $79.63 and $79.91, respectively.
McDermott ($7.19) has been trading back and forth around its 200-day SMA at $7.84 since June 9 closing below it last Friday. The stock is below all five moving averages in today's first "crunching the numbers" table.
Analysts expect the company to report a loss of 17 cents. McDermott does not have a P/E ratio and does not pay a dividend.
The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $7.58. A quarterly pivot is $7.14 with monthly and weekly risky levels at $7.51 and $7.65, respectively.
Marathon Oil ($38.61) set an all-time intraday high at $40.74 on July 24 then fell below its 50-day SMA at $38.87 on July 31 with an August 1 low at $38.04.
Analysts expect the company to report earnings of 74 cents. Marathon has a 12 month trailing P/E ratio of 13.0 with a dividend yield of 2%.
The weekly chart shifts to negative given a close this week below its five-week MMA at $38.99 with its 200-week SMA at $31.04. Annual and monthly value levels are $36.77 and $36.42, respectively, with an annual pivot at $38.24 and semiannual and weekly risky levels at $40.09 and $41.43, respectively.
Vulcan Materials ($63.34) set a multiyear intraday high at $69.50 on March 4 then traded as low as $58.88 on May 22. The stock is between its 200-day SMA at $61.59 and its 50-day SMA at $63.71.
Analysts expect the company to earnings of 37 cents. Vulcan has an elevated 12 month trailing P/E ratio of 116.6 with a paltry dividend yield of 0.4%.
The weekly chart shifts to negative given a close this week below its five-week MMA at $64.08. Semiannual and annual value levels are $57.68 and $56.59, respectively, with weekly and annual risky levels at $65.25 and $68.52, respectively.
Crunching the Numbers with Richard Suttmeier: Moving Averages & Stochastics
This table provides the technical status for the stocks profiled in today's report.
The 12-month trailing price to earnings ratio
The Dividend Yield
There are five columns with moving average titles: Five-Week Modified Moving Average, 21-Day Simple Moving Average, 50-Day Simple Moving Average, 200-Day Simple Moving Average and the 200-Week Simple Moving Average.
The column labeled 12x3x3 Weekly Slow Stochastics shows the pattern on each weekly chart with readings from Oversold, Rising, Overbought, Declining or Flat.
Interpretations: Stocks below a moving average are listed in red.
Five-Week Modified Moving Average (MMA) is one of two indicators that define whether or not a weekly chart profile is positive, neutral or negative. The other is the status of the 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic.
A stock with a positive technical rating is above its five-week MMA with rising or overbought stochastics.
A stock with a negative technical rating is below its five-week MMA with declining or oversold stochastics.
A stock with a neutral technical rating has a profile that is not positive or negative.