Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) is anticipated to report earnings of 4.86% per share for next year, according to analysts. Analysts are expecting an EPS change of 20.40% for the current year. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have a current recommendation of 3.00 on a consensus basis for the stock. The same analysts see shares reaching $3.67 within the next year on a consensus basis.For any technician, the trend is a major aspect of stock trading. The trend is the dominant movement in direction of a stock’s price. When discussing the trend in terms of stock price, the assumption is that the trend is expected to continue over a certain period of time. Obviously there is no guarantee that a defined trend will continue, but technical analysts will scour the charts looking for signs of a developed trend to help make the best possible decisions. Seasoned chart watchers are typically able to spot if a trend is up, down, or sideways. Learning how to trade the trend is another part of the process that traders may spend years perfecting.  

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP)’s stock was 30.23%.  Over the last week of the month, it was 0.90%, 14.29% over the last quarter, and  5.66% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, Office Depot, Inc. stock’s -12.04% off of the high and 34.40% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -12.04% (High), 68.00%, (Low). 

FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS

Fundamental analysis examines the financial elements of a company, for example; sales, cash flow, profit and balance sheet.  These numbers are then crunched to create theoretical valuations of companies. 

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares.  EPS enables the earnings of a company to easily be compared to their competitors. The higher the number, the more profit per dollar is being made on investor capital.  Office Depot, Inc.’s EPS for the trailing 12 months is 0.17.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Services sector.

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Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share.  P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels.  Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively.  Office Depot, Inc.’s  P/E ratio is 19.42. 

Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 52.15.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

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