Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) Shorts Out the Nasdaq, But This SaaS Stock Is Still Strong

On WEDNESDAY,  shares of Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) reached at $35.92 price level during last trade its distance from 20 days simple moving average was -22.87%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average was -34.75% while it has a distance of 42.77% from the 200 days simple moving average. Wednesday morning brought continued anxiety to Wall Street as investors sought better visibility about what the coming months are likely to bring for the U.S. economy and the stock market. Major market benchmarks fell, led by the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC) and its drop of about 1.25% as of 11 a.m. EDT. That continued a trend of Nasdaq underperformance that has kept the index from approaching record highs along with its peers.

There was a mixed bag of stock movers within the Nasdaq Wednesday. Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) took a massive hit as shareholders lost confidence in the fuel cell specialist’s recent financial information. However, software-as-a-service stock CrowdStrike Holdings (NASDAQ:CRWD) moved higher on a strong earnings report released Tuesday night.


Plug Power shares plunged 16% on Wednesday morning. The maker of hydrogen fuel cells gave its investors some bad news late Tuesday that called into question much of what has sent the stock soaring over the past year.

Plug Power will need to restate financial statements for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, as well as quarterly filings from throughout 2019 and 2020. Plug’s audit committee and an outside public accounting firm found accounting errors related to noncash items, including loss accruals for service contracts, book values of various assets and obligations, asset impairment treatment, and classification of certain expenses.

Plug also wasn’t able to file its annual report for 2020 by the March 16 deadline. It said that investors shouldn’t rely on the numbers Plug released in its letter to shareholders in late February.

Management doesn’t believe that any restatements will affect Plug’s operational position or have cash implications. Nonetheless, investors have seen enough accounting problems at other companies to react in kneejerk fashion anytime a business has to do a major restatement. Plug shareholders are likely to stay on edge until the restatements get formally made.

Past 5 years growth of PLUG observed at 8.30%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company are expecting its growth at 25.00%. The average true range (ATR) is a measure of volatility introduced by Welles Wilder in his book, “New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems.” The true range indicator is the greatest of the following: current high less the current low, the absolute value of the current high less the previous close and the absolute value of the current low less the previous close. The average true range is a moving average, generally 14 days, of the true ranges.


The stock has a market cap of $21.86B with 589.68M shares outstanding, of which the float was 412.86M shares. Analysts consider this stock active, since it switched Trading volume reached 58,795,382 shares as compared to its average volume of 41.55M shares. The Average Daily Trading Volume (ADTV) demonstrates trading activity related to the liquidity of the security. When Ave Volume tends to increase, it shows enhanced liquidity.

But when Ave Volume is lower, the security will tend to be cheap as people are not as keen to purchase it. Hence, it might have an effect on the worth of the security. PLUG’s relative volume was 5.12. Relative volume is a great indicator to keep a close eye on, but like most indicators it works best in conjunction with other indicators and on different time frames. Higher relative volume you will have more liquidity in the stock which will tighten spreads and allow you to trade with more size without a ton of slippage.

Important Technical Indicators Analysis Report and Volatility Measures:

Beta is a measure of the volatility, or systematic risk, of a security or a portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole. Beta is used in the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), which calculates the predictable return of an asset based on its beta and predictable market returns. Beta is also known as the beta coefficient.

A beta of 1 indicates that the security’s price moves with the market. A beta of less than 1 means that the security is theoretically less volatile than the market. A beta of greater than 1 indicates that the security’s price is theoretically more volatile than the market. After a recent check, beta value for this stock comes out to be 1.63. A statistical measure of the dispersion of returns (volatility) for PLUG producing salvation in Investors mouth, it has week volatility of 8.41% and for the month booked as 11.73%. Regardless of which metric you utilize, a firm understanding of the concept of volatility and how it is measured is essential to successful investing. A stock that maintains a relatively stable price has low volatility. When investing in a volatile security, the risk of success is increased just as much as the risk of failure.

The volatility value is used by the investors for various reasons and purposes in measuring the fundamental price change and the rate of variation in PLUG’s price. The ART is a specific type of indicator, which is capable of weighing up stock volatility in the financial markets effectively.

Plug Power Inc. has an average true range (ATR) of 5.10. Other technical indicators are worth considering in assessing the prospects for EQT. PLUG’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months was 0 and price to book ratio for most recent quarter was 25.71, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter was 48.78. The Company’s price to free cash flow for trailing twelve months was 0. Its quick ratio for most recent quarter was 2.40. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock was 2.10. This number is based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy recommendation while 5 represents a Strong Sell.

Should You Go With High Insider Ownership?

Many value investors look for stocks with a high percent of insider ownership, under the theory that when management are shareholders, they will act in its own self interest, and create shareholder value in the long-term. This aligns the interests of shareholders with management, thus benefiting everyone. While this sounds great in theory, high insider ownership can actually lead to the opposite result, a management team that is unaccountable because they can keep their jobs under almost any circumstance.

Plug Power Inc.‘s shares owned by insiders remained 0.70%, whereas shares owned by institutional owners are 55.50%.

Where Do Relative Strength Index (RSI) Stands?

Perhaps, it is one of the most important indicators, because it is used in the technical analysis of the stock in the money market. The relative strength index (RSI) is claimed to depict the latest and past performances of the stock market, based upon the ending price volumes of the current trading period. The RSI is characterized as a momentum oscillator, evaluating the speed and scale of directional price shifts. The momentum exemplifies both rising and falling rates of the Price in the stock market. Using RSI, you can calculate momentum as the percentage of elevated closes to reduced closes. But if the stocks have experienced optimistic changes rapidly, then it might have an increased RSI than stocks. So, it might cause negative changes in the market.

The RSI index is largely used by traders on a 14-day time period and is evaluated on a range from 0 to 100, along with both high and low volumes marked at 70 and 30, correspondingly. Both the shorter and longer timeframes are used by the traders for shorter and longer purposes. It further adds high and low ranges like from 80 to 20 and from 90 to 10. This trend takes place less repeatedly.

However, it represents stronger momentum in the market. In the meantime, the Accenture plc’s 14-day RSI was settled at 36.21. All in all, the trends of the stock market were shifting slowly but surely.

Meanwhile, PLUG traded under umbrella of Industrials sector, the stock was traded -52.41% ahead of its 52-week high and 1319.96% beyond its 52-week low. So, both the price and 52-week high indicators would give you a clear-cut picture to evaluate the price direction.

Jake Charles

About Jake Charles

This is Jake Charles, a Senior News Writer for “Stocks Equity”. I covers “Active Stocks” sector and writes about trending Active Hot companies from an exclusive and “out of the box” perspective. I worked independently as a self motivator and with the financial institute as financial adviser to invest in the Active sector for over 9 years in the developing countries by introducing new phases and ways to improve in this sector. I like to travel all over the globe to get new experience and provide by best services to the companies. As an advisor I like to work with new people to share and explore new ideas keeping in view minimizing the operating cost and giving the best final product through new technology and minimizing the time of development.

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