Setting Up Technical Traps: Cars.com Inc. (CARS), Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL)

Cars.com Inc. (NYSE:CARS) trades at $23.2 having a market capitalization of $1.64 billion. CARS stock price lost 0% over the past year, yielding a positive weighted alpha of N/A percent. Since an alpha above 1 hints at more gains, investors can predict some further rally scope.

Weighted Alpha is used to calculate how much a share has gone up or down over a certain period, normally a year. In general, more thrust is placed on most recent actions by assigning higher weights to it than those assigned to past movements. This assists to give a return figure that has a stronger focus on the most current period and is thus a better measure for short-term analysis. This technique is highly famous among technical analysts. If the stock is up it will have a positively weighted alpha. If the stock price is unchanged its weighted alpha will be smaller. A stock price loss will yield a negatively weighted alpha.

Cars.com Inc. (NYSE:CARS) Technical Metrics

Support is likely to come between $22.77 a share to $22.33 a share level. However, if the CARS shares go below $22.33 then it would indicate a much weaker market for the company. In that case, its shares would mark a 3.75% decline from the most recent price. The typical day in the last two weeks has seen about a 5.14% volatility. The average volume for Cars.com Inc. (NYSE:CARS) has been 1.31 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CARS has a 1-week performance of 0.91%. CARS price is down nearly -27.03% from its 52-week high price of $29.47 a share but is up about 14.22% from its 52-week low price of $19.9 a share.

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) has accumulated 0.91% over the course of one week. It seems that Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) might see strength given an ABR of 2 or Buy rating. Analysts, on average, seem bullish as they suggest XEL is worth $9.32 more, giving a target price of $61.12 a share. CARS share have plunged by -6% in percentage terms since the start of the year – and retreated -14.36% in the last month. Volume in the last session has increased compared with CARS’s average trading volume. We think the increased volume is representative of buyers as it has displayed in many other cases.

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) Pullback Coming Soon

XEL’s Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 89.89%. Values of %D line that are above 80 indicate that the security is overbought; prices could well fall in the near future. And the values below 20 that it is oversold indicate prices could very well bounce upwards. The Stochastic Oscillator is a powerful technical tool that is somewhat surprisingly easy to understand. In a basic sense, it is used by technicians to measure the speed or momentum of the price movement. It represents the location of the previous close relative to the price range over a set number of periods. This can be more easily understood, however, by pulling apart the two lines on the stochastic oscillator and explaining the simple underlying mathematical formulas. The first line is called the %K line, which analyzes the actual price movements in the shares and can be defined as: %K = (Current Close – Lowest Low)/(Highest High – Lowest Low) * 100. The second line, the %D line is simple a 3-day moving average of the %K line. There are three primary ways to read the Stochastic Oscillator in search of entry points, but traders should follow the %D line closely because that indicates major trends on the chart.

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) Critical Levels

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL)’s latest quote $51.8 $0.46 1.99% will find technical support in $51.01 a share and a breakdown below this region would be a significantly bearish signal for Xcel Energy Inc. traders. Any way you dice it, a dip below $50.22 a share would be very bad news for XEL’s technical picture in the near-term. The $50.22 level represents at least another 3.05% downside for the stock from its current price. If Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) shares can stay above the price resistance around $52.22 a share, that could help propel Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) higher to the next line of resistance at $52.64 a share. The typical day in the last one month has seen about a 1.19% volatility. XEL is down around 26.25% from its 12-month high of $38.2 notched on Dec 05, 2016 but is 43.11% above its highest point the past 12 months of $29.47 a share.