Daily monitoring of your holdings is important. The market waits for no one and in order to stay on top of your portfolio, due diligence is a must. You as an investor must understand your holdings inside and out, which is why many recommend a portfolio of no more than 10 equities. Diversification is key, but too many holdings can have a diminishing return affect. Always understand the current market and go from there.
FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC)
Today, FMC Corporation posted a result of -0.85%. FMC Corporation is in the Basic Materials sector and trades on the NYSE exchange. The result in todays trading has added to the current week’s performance of -1.78%. The current price sits at $87.00, in respect to the days high of and day low of . Volatility this week has been around 2.09%, indicating action within the market.
Fundamentally, FMC Corporation (FMC) currently sits with an EPS of 3.28 and a P/E ratio of 26.49. Daily movements in the market may not be significant, but it is crucial to understand why they are happening.
The 20-day simple moving average is , and this may serve as short-term support or resistance. Volume is 1,299,351, comparing that against the average volume of 1306.18, you can see how much interest is in this particular equity. Volume spikes often indicate a notable event where investors believe they can make money.
Basic Materials (ALB:Albemarle Corporation)
In other market happenings, Basic Materials posted a result of -0.06%. Basic Materials is in the Specialty Chemicals sector and trades on the ALB exchange. Also this week, Basic Materials (Albemarle Corporation) has posted a performance of 4.17%. With an EPS of 8.30% and P/E ratio of 16.3, there may be some potential in this equity going forward.
The current price sits at -0.24%, in respect to the days high of and day low of . Same as with FMC Corporation, Basic Materials has a 20-day simple moving average of that can serve as a level to watch. Volume currently is 43289.6875, comparing that against the average of 0.96, there may be more moves to come.
Comparing FMC Corporation (FMC) to Basic Materials(Albemarle Corporation), the forward P/E ratios are 12.77 and 1.67 respectively. So far this year, FMC Corporation (FMC) has posted a performance of -8.09%, while Basic Materials (Albemarle Corporation) has posted a performance of 1.68.
Daily movements can depend on many different factors such as industry, sector, or even Mother Nature. Before you begin comparing FMC Corporation with Basic Materials, you have to ensure they are in the same ballpark. It wouldn’t make much sense to compare a retail company with a steel provider. They both run on different metrics and are affected by different variables.
It isn’t enough to just measure numbers either. You must dig into the commentary, reading quarterly conference calls and look at the SEC reports such as the 10-K’s and 8-K’s. These will set the tone and by looking at what questions the analysts are asking, you can gauge if there are any critical issues.