Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022 November 14, 2022

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

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At a glance:

  • Headline inflation dropped slightly to 8.2%
  • UK reversed tax cuts
  • Chinese stocks tanked after Beijing’s power reshuffle
  • META fell 1.8% due to poor results


The three major US indices – Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite displayed an up-trending movement from a bullish start, to a bearish mid-month and finally a higher high to end the month.

NASDAQ DOW JONES S&P 500
Month Open 10,659.01 28,855.25 3,609.78
Month Close 10,988.15 32,732.96 3,871.97
Monthly return 3.09% 13.44% 7.26%


October was an erratic month that saw multiple news releases impacting the US market.

First, inflation persisted despite the Fed increasing interest rates five times this year . September’s headline inflation came in at 8.2% Year-On-Year (YOY) which was not that far off from August’s 8.3%. Although September had a lower inflation level, prices for medical care, shelter and food raised the consumer price index by 0.4% Month-On-Month (MOM) as compared to August’s 0.1% (MOM). This stubbornly high inflation paved the way for another 75 basis point rate hike.

The second was the reversal of the UK’s proposed tax cuts . The tax cuts were sending the market into a financial crisis as the requirements to fund it would involve huge borrowings and a reduction in public-spending . With the impending crisis, UK Treasury Chief Jeremy Hunt was forced to move towards a reversal to calm and assure the market of the nation’s finances.

Thirdly, Beijing’s power reshuffle caused the US’ Chinese listed stocks to slam . President Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to serve for three consecutive terms and by staffing the cabinet with his loyalists, President Xi’s grip on power has strengthened. This did not sit well with investors’ sentiment for non-state-driven companies. Big movers including Pinduoduo dropped as much as 34%, and Alibaba fell 12%.

Finally, US GDP of 2.6% in the third quarter came in as a surprise with a higher growth than the expected 2.3% . The economic expansion was largely cosmetic and mainly attributed to net exports. The US exported more oil and natural gas due to disrupted supplies caused by the war in Ukraine. Many economists do not believe that the oil exports will sustain due to a strong USD, the weakening global economy and the fact that the US will have to top up its oil reserves at some point.

Here are some of the more popular US stocks – not ranked in any order – traded by POEMS customers in October 2022.


United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL)

UAL reported strong earnings results with an EPS of USD 2.81, above the analysts’ forecasted value of USD 2.28 and total revenue of USD12.88 billion beating the estimate of USD12.75 billion . Due to the strong travel demand after the easing of travel restrictions,. UAL jumped 8.92% upon the release of its earnings results on Tuesday, 18th October 2022, and continued its rally with expectations of another profit in Q4 despite the challenging economy. UAL is expecting an EPS of USD 2.25 for the upcoming quarter and a strong demand due to the holiday seasons at the end of the year. In October, UAL opened at USD 32.36 and gained 33.13% to close at USD 43.08.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Bullish

Support: USD 39.77

Resistance: USD 46.13

Bullish momentum for the past few weeks, however, we will need the price to sustain above USD 40 for more continuation


AT&T (NYSE: T)

AT&T announced strong subscriber growth, beating estimates with a reported EPS of USD 0.62 over a forecast of USD 0.62 at a 10.42% surprise profit . In addition, revenue was reported at USD 30.04 billion beating analysts’ estimates of USD 29.87 billion which was a surprise increase of 0.57%. AT&T indicated strong continued subscriber growth for Q3. Wireless service revenues and broadband revenues were up 5.6% and 6.1% respectively. Operating expenses were reduced by USD 1.1 billion compared to the same quarter a year-ago. AT&T expects wireless service revenue to continue growing at the rate of 4.5% to 5%. At the start of the month, AT&T opened at USD 15.73 and closed 15.89% above at USD 18.23.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Bullish

Support: USD 17.80

Resistance: USD 19.12

There was bullish momentum for the past weeks, but price has to sustain above USD17.80 for more upside.


Bank of America (NYSE: BAC)

Taking advantage of an increasing interest rate environment, BAC topped expectations with EPS reported at USD 0.81 vs expected USD 0.71. Better-than-expected revenue was also reported at USD 24.61 vs forecasted US D23.5 . This is mostly due to the increase in fixed income trading revenue compared to a year ago. Its revenue for fixed income increased by 27% to USD 2.6 billion exceeding the USD 2.24 billion estimate. Investment banking revenue continued to slip due to the current economic environment. The stock opened at USD 30.59 at the beginning of the month and gained 17.98% to close at USD 36.09.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Neutral

Support: USD 33.70

Resistance: USD 36.20

Range-bound


Coca-Cola co (NYSE: KO)

KO raised its full-year outlook, indicating that strong consumption still remains despite rising costs. KO reported strong earnings for Q3 with EPS at USD 0.69 cents vs expected USD 0.64. Revenue also came in high at USD 11.05 billion vs the forecasted USD 10.52 billion . Rising costs may pose a challenge for KO in 2023, however KO aims to continue designing value packs and provide more affordable options to encourage consumer growth. On its earnings date 25 Oct 2022, KO opened at USD 59.04 and closed lower at USD 58.95. For October, KO opened at USD 56.36 at the start of October, and closed 6.19% higher at USD 59.85.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Neutral

Support: USD 58

Resistance: USD 61.10

Range-bound


Visa Inc (NYSE: V)

Visa Q4 earnings results beat expectations with a 3% surprise increase in both EPS and revenue. EPS was reported at USD 1.93 vs expected USD 1.86 and revenue came in at USD 7.79 billion vs the estimated USD7.55 billion . Visa earnings were said to have been boosted from the strong travel season and still resilient consumer demand. Visa soared to USD 203.33 at closing on 26 Oct 2022, increasing about 4.6% in price. After beating its earnings, Visa boosted its dividends by 20%. The rising interest rate environment will continue to pose a challenge to Visa, however the holiday season will also be an opportunity to boost Visa’s Q1 2023 earnings. At the start of the earnings season, Visa opened at USD 179.34 and gained 15.51% to close USD 207.16.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Bullish

Support: USD 196

Resistance: USD 220

Bullish momentum came back into a range, and price will have to continue testing USD 220 for more probability of breaking higher. Otherwise, range-bound.


Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: META)

META reported disappointing Q3 earnings, and even revised its outlook for Q4. EPS came in at USD 1.64 vs expectations of USD 1.89, a miss of USD 0.25 per share. However, Revenue of USD27.71 billion met expectation of USD 27.38 billion . Since 2022, META has been on a freefall with rising operating costs which rose about 19% year over year, operating income also fell 46%. After its earnings announcement, META shares fell 20%. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg asked investors to be patient as META’s Metaverse, business messaging and short-form videos are on the right track and due for a large payoff . It opened at USD 137.14 earlier this month, but META took a beating after its earnings announcement and closed the month at USD 135.68, down by 1.08%.

According to a Phillip Research report dated 31 Oct 2022, the recommendation for Meta stays as a Buy.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Neutral

Support: USD 91.50

Resistance: USD 125

Bearish right after earnings release; however, price should be ranging for now at its next immediate support at USD 91.50.



With the banking sector being a silver lining in this unpredictable market, here are 2 ETFs that track the banking industry:

Invesco KBW Regional Banking ETF (NASDAQ: KBWR)

KBRW is an ETF that tracks the securities of publicly-traded US regional banking and thrift companies . The index consists primarily of companies with US regional bank activities and is a modified- market capitalisation-weighted index. KBWR commenced on 1 November 2011 with an expense ratio of 0.35%. KBWR’s year-to-date performance as of 31 October 2022 is -2.04%. KBWR opened at USD 55.39 and grew 11.48% to close at USD 61.75 in October.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Neutral

Support: USD56

Resistance: USD63

Range-bound


First Trust NASDAQ® ABA Community Bk ETF (NASDAQ: QABA)

QABA is an ETF that seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and
yield of an equity index called the Nasdaq OMX® ABA Community Bank Index℠ . The index is a market capitalisation-weighted index consisting primarily of all bank common stocks listed on NASDAQ. KBWR commenced on 8 June 2009 with an expense ratio of 0.63%. QABA’s year to date performance as of 28 October 2022 is -5.27%. QABA opened at USD 51.25 and gained 9.7% to close at USD 56.22 in October.

Technical analysis

Popular US Stocks traded in October 2022

Status: Neutral

Support: USD 54.18

Resistance: USD 57.30

Range-bound


On top of the above counters, PhillipCapital’s research team, Phillip Securities Research has released a series of analysis for the follow counters:


Bloomberg analysts’ recommendations

The table below shows the consensus ratings and average ratings of all analysts updated on Bloomberg in the last 12 months. Consensus ratings have been computed by standardising analysts’ ratings from a scale of 1 (Strong Sell) to 5 (Strong Buy). The table also shows a number of analysts’ recommendations to buy, hold or sell the stocks, as well as their average target prices.

Security Consensus Rating BUY HOLD SELL 12 Mth Target Price (US$)
Visa Inc (NYSE: V) 37 (92.5%) 3 (7.5%) 0 247.27 37 (92.5%)
Coca-Cola co (NYSE: KO) 4.45 21 (72.4%) 8 (27.6%) 0 66
Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) 4.19 16 (59.3%) 11 (40.7%) 0 41.32
Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: META) 4.02 38 (61.3%) 19 (30.6%) 5 (8.1%) 146.43
United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) 3.63 9 (47.4%) 7 (36.8%) 3 (15.8%) 52.88
AT&T (NYSE: T) 3.42 8 (33.3%) 13 (54.2%) 3 (12.5%) 162.14



To round up

Based on META’s earnings report, the online advertising scene appears to be faltering. This may be a sign that companies are reducing their advertising budget to tide over this period of rising cost. Rising cost can be seen in September 2022 where the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index increased by 0.5% from the previous month and 5.1% compared to a year ago . With the Fed following the core PCE closely, an increase in core PCE further influenced the Fed to proceed with a rate hike in November. However, given that housing prices in the US are starting to fall, the effect of the Fed’s tightening policy is finally being felt by the market. With this, inflation may start to creep down further in the coming months.

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