Stocks in the US closed at record highs on a shortened post-Thanksgiving session on Friday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting a fourth straight day of gains as utilities and telecoms led the way.

By the early close at 1 p.m. ET, all of the sectors on the S&P 500 were stronger apart from a 0.4% decline in energy, which was pulled lower by a 3% loss in US oil futures after multiple news outlets reported that Saudi Arabia had opted out of attending a meeting of non-Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries oil producers on Monday.

KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) closed at $15.94 after seeing 1265539 shares trade hands during the most recent session.  This represents a change of 2.64% from the opening.

The closing price represents the final price that a stock is traded for on a trading day.  It’s the most up-to-date valuation until trading begins again on the next day. However, most financial instruments are traded after hours, which means that the the closing price of a stock might not match the after-hours price.  Regardless, closing prices are a useful tool that investors use to quantify changes in stock prices over time.  The closing prices are compared day-by-day to look for trends and can measure market sentiment for any security over the course of a trading day.

Stock exchanges work according to the invisible hand of supply and demand, which determines the price where stocks are bought and sold.  No trade can occur until someone is willing to sell a stock at a price that another is willing to buy it at.  When there are more buyers than sellers, the stock price will rise because of the increased demand.  Conversely, if more individuals are selling a stock, the price will decrease.

On any given trading day, supply and demand fluctuates back-and-forth because the attractiveness of a commodity’s price rises and falls.  Because of these fluctuations, the closing and opening prices are not necessarily identical.  A number of factors can affect the attractiveness of a stock in the hours between the closing bell and the next day’s opening bell.  For example, if there is good news like a positive earnings announcement, the demand for a stock may increase, raising the price from the previous day’s close.  It follows that bad news will negatively affect price. 

RECENT PERFORMANCE

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Year to date KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) is 7.23%.  Over the last week of the month, it was 4.73%, 10.66% over the last quarter, and  20.62% for the past six months. 

Over the past 50 days, KKR & Co. L.P. stock’s 1.72% off of the high and 18.29% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -2.92% (High), 53.50%, (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.  KKR & Co. L.P.’s trailing 12-month EPS is 0.26.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Financial sector.

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.  KKR & Co. L.P.’s  P/E ratio is 60.84. 

Projected Earnings Growth (PEG) is a forward looking ratio based on anticipated earnings growth.  PEG is created by dividing P/E by the projected rate of earnings growth.  KKR & Co. L.P.’s  PEG is 2.77.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

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.

KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 71.31.  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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