Now its not time to Take your chips off the table: Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT)

Alpha Pro Tech Ltd.’s stock (NYSE:APT) has been rated as Neutral by Dougherty & Company. This latest rating was contained in a recent research note published by the firm on March 30, 2010 and has set a $2.50 price target for the stock.

As it stands, a total of 1 analysts are covering APT stock, with 0 of them rating it as a Buy while 0 of them rating it as Overweight. 1 analysts meanwhile advised investors to Hold, 0 rated it as Underweight while the 0 rated it as a Sell. A look at the overall ratings means that Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT) stock has an average rating of Hold.

The stock market has a tendency to become sophisticated sometimes, even for seasoned investors and traders. Even when a trader got what he/she had expected, the market sometimes decides to move in the opposite direction. This volatility sometimes leads to some traders doubting and second-guessing their moves. This is why getting to know historical price performance, as well as both long-term and short-term trends, is very important. Over the past one week, APT price has dropped by -17.11%. A look at its price performance over the past three months sees the stock go up by 54.94%, while it has gain 61.45% over the past six months and 34.54% since the start of the year.

Let us now look at some of its likely support and resistance level. Recent research on Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT) has seen its stock trading -29.13% below its three-month high price. A look at the other side also sees stock trading +74.06% above its three-month low. A wider look sees APT trading -29.13% below its 52-week high and 74.06% above from its 52-week low price.

Shareholders of the company sometimes like to find out how their investments are growing. Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT) has so far given an ROE of 10.00%. When the ROE is low, it means that the company isn’t generating enough profits. The Return on Assets (ROA) ratio meanwhile is an indication of how profitable a company is relative to the total asset it owns. Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT)’s ROA at the moment stands at 8.90%. Any company that is managing its assets better will have a higher return while one that manages assets poorly would result in low returns.

Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT) has a return on investment (ROI) of 9.60%. The higher the ROI percentage, the higher the profit exceeds the costs, thus analysts consider such investments as an overall gain. A negative ROI, however, means that the cost is higher than the profits, a scenario analysts consider as a net loss.

Let us now take a look at Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT)’s trading volatility. Its 7-day volatility is around 17.57%, while it has a monthly volatility of 14.82%. APT has an ATR (Average True Range) of 0.77 and a beta factor of 0.80. The volatility of a stock is an indication of the stock’s drop or gain in case the wider market drops or surges. A beta score higher than 1 means that a stock is highly volatile while below 1 means that the volatility of a stock is low.

The price of APT lifted by $0.05 during the normal trading session on Friday to trade at $5.57. The Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (APT) stock has a trading volume of 2.07 million shares, which is high, compared to its average daily volume of 1.12M shares.