Election Week Social Sentiment and Market Behavior for Smith & Wesson Holdings
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This week, Social Market Analytics (SMA) looks at Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), a major manufacturer of firearms, handguns, sporting rifles, hunting rifles, black powder firearms, handcuffs, and firearm-related products and accessories The week of November 5 saw shares of SWHC surge higher, in contrast to broader market trends, as the presidential election results rekindled old fears of new regulations on gun ownership. Shares of SWHC rose 9.6% on November 7, the day after the election, and mirrored similar surges in 2008 and 2009 when such fears of stricter gun ownership laws, which later proven to be unfounded, generated brisk sales for the company. During the week, SWHC appeared on SMA’s morning Flash Report, which identifies stocks, in the pre-market, with extreme sentiment levels that are likely to trade with high activity during the upcoming session. On the morning of November 7, our analytics engine identified SWHC as a stock with extreme positivesentiment from the universe of stocks tracked by SMA. SMA’s sentiment metrics provided early indication of positive price trends for SWHC in midweek; only to subside as the week progressed as SWHC eventually succumbed to broader market trends.
On November 5, SMA’s S-Score for SWHC moved up sharply to 3.4 (High Positive). On Election Day, SWHC opened with a minor gap up and closed higher at $9.46, for a gain of 2.16%. The behavior of SMA’s S-Factors measures market trading sentiment and can provide actionable signals for upcoming price movement. In the pre-market of November 7, SWHC’s S-Score posted a level of 4.22 (Extreme Positive), a notable increase from levels seen during the previous two weeks, coincident with a spike up in its S-Volume metric indicating unusually high social media activity for the stock. SWHC opened the November 7 session at $10.25 and rallied to close at $10.37, a gain of 9.6% on high volume. Positive market sentiment persisted in the pre-market of November 8 with SWHC’s S-Score at 2.94 (High Positive) as did high levels of social media activity. The stock continued to rally to closing at $10.67, up 2.89% for the day. On the last trading day for the week, SWHC’s S-Score reverted to Neutral levels, indicating a decline in market sentiment. SWHC opened the November 9 session at $10.59, only to sell off to end trading at $10.26, a loss of 3.8% for the day, but at a net gain of 13.6% for the week.
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