Why Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP) Stock Suddenly Retreated Today

Big changes are happening at Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP), which makes the stock worth watching today. The company is among the top losers of the stock market today, sinking -4.58% or (-5.89 points) to $122.83 from its previous close of $128.72. Does this decline mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 790574 contracts so far this session. AMP shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 940.51 thousand shares, but with a 0.13 billion float and a -3.41% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for AMP stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $169.3 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 37.83% from where the AMP share price has been trading recently which is between $125.15 and $129.71. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $145.

The most recent news story about the stock that appeared in Yahoo Finance‘s news section was titled “Qudian (QD) to Report Q2 Earnings: What’s in the Cards?” and dated August 14, 2019.

During the recent trading session for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-8.31 over a week and tumble down $-25.73 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $153.91, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 06/14/19. The recent low of $95.69 stood for a -20.19% since 12/26/18, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.8 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to.

Looking at the current readings for Ameriprise Financial, Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 29.73. This figure suggests that AMP stock, for now, is overbought, meaning that the shares are not stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current AMP readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 5.49% at this stage. This figure means that AMP share price today is being overbought.

Technical chart claims that Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP) would settle between $130.57/share to $132.42/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $126.01 mark, then the market for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $123.3 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -4.77. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at Credit Suisse raised their recommendation on shares of AMP from Neutral to Outperform in their opinion released on May 13. Barclays analysts bumped their rating on Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) stock from Equal Weight to Overweight in a separate flash note issued to investors on January 09. Analysts at Sandler O’Neill released an upgrade from Hold to Buy for the stock, in a research note that dated back to January 02.

AMP equity has an average rating of 1.85, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 13 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 3 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 10 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 10 analysts rated Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, AMP stock price is currently trading at 7.2X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/S ratio is 1.89 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 7.27. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. current P/E ratio of 17.22 means it is trading at a discount against its industry’s 84.5. In the past 5 years, this ratio for the stock has been fluctuating between 12.55 and 17.82.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -10.05% to hit $2.96 billion, based on current Zacks Consensus Estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -4.96% from $12.84 billion to a noteworthy $12.2 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 6.68% to hit $3.99 per share. For the fiscal year, AMP’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly 7.5% to hit $16.06 per share.