UK stock alert


Afternoon Alert: Hargreaves Lansdown lifts 3.6%, leads Financial services sector higher 18 January 2018 14:43 GMT


Hargreaves Lansdown PLC (L:HL.) has lifted 3.6% to trade at GBX1,907.0 vs. the Financial services sector which strengthened 63.2 points (or 0.3%) to 18,494.0. Representing a weighting of about 9.0% of the sector, the stock accounted for 96.5% of today's gain. The shares have outperformed 91% of the market in the past week. Trading volume was 2.8 times average so far today.

Current indications of bullish signals that support the trend in the unusual trading:

+ The positive 53.44 MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) indicator suggests a bullish signal.

+ In the last one month the stock has hit a new 52-week high eleven times and in the last three months twenty-six times, pointing to a significant uptrend.

+ The price climbed 5.7% in the last week and soared 11.7% in the last month.

Other Bullish Signals include:

+ Total Liabilities/EBITDA of 1.6 is comfortably below the Joseph Piotroski benchmark of <5.

+ Net profit margin has averaged 49.7% in the last 3 years. This is considered superior and suggests a high margin of safety.


Bearish Signals:

Tobin's Q Ratio is 12.2. Compared with the rest of the market the stock is overvalued and ranks in the bottom quartile of stocks by value of Q Ratio.


The 1.1% discount to 12-month high of GBX1,927.50 against the 53.7% premium to 12-month low of GBX1,240.90 suggests the climb might be peaking.

Fundamental measures by comparison with the sector average [in brackets] indicate:


Price/Earnings of 42.7 [11.8]

Dividend yield of 1.1% [3.2%]

Hargreaves Lansdown PLC (L:HL.; LON:HL.; LN:HL.)


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