Why Mercer International Inc. (MERC) shares price is up 3.89% today

Today’s big question for investors is, “what’s going on with Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) stock? Its price is jumping 0.46 points, trading at $12.28 levels, and is up 3.89% from its previous close of $11.82. The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 98971 contracts so far this session. MERC shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 229.17 thousand shares, but with a 40.13 million float and a -6.64% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for MERC stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $14.3 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 16.45% from where the MERC share price has been trading recently which is between $11.8 and $12.24. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $11. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $20.

During the recent trading session for Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-0.22 over a week and tumble down $-0.87 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $17.74, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 07/05/19. The recent low of $9.36 stood for a -30.78% since 12/24/18, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.59 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. At the moment, the median target price for MERC is set at $12.5, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Mercer International Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 48.45. This figure suggests that MERC stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current MERC readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 23.3% at this stage. This figure means that MERC share price today is being overbought.

Technical chart claims that Mercer International Inc. (MERC) would settle between $12.11/share to $12.39/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $11.67 mark, then the market for Mercer International Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $11.51 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -0.19. 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 TD Securities lowered their recommendation on shares of MERC from Buy to Hold in their opinion released on October 18. RBC Capital Mkts analysts have lowered their rating of Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) stock from Outperform to Sector Perform in a separate flash note issued to investors on August 05. Analysts at Raymond James lowered the stock to a Outperform call from its previous Strong Buy recommendation, in a research note that dated back to July 16.

MERC equity has an average rating of 2.83, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 5 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 3 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 2 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. 2 analysts rated Mercer International Inc. (NASDAQ:MERC) 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.

Mercer International Inc. (MERC)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -25.3% to hit $308000, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 11.5% from $1.46 billion to a noteworthy $1.62 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Mercer International Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -169.7% to hit $-0.53 per share. For the fiscal year, MERC’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -78.9% to hit $0.43 per share.