Predictions on stock market prices are a great challenge due to the fact that it is an immensely complex, chaotic and dynamic environment. There are many studies from various areas aiming to take on that challenge and Machine Learning approaches have been the focus of many of them. There are many examples of Machine Learning algorithms been able to reach satisfactory results when doing that type of prediction. This article studies the usage of LSTM networks on that scenario, to predict future trends of stock prices based on the price history, alongside with technical analysis indicators. We evaluate St. James's Place plc prediction models with Multi-Task Learning (ML) and Independent T-Test1,2,3,4 and conclude that the STJ stock is predictable in the short/long term. According to price forecasts for (n+3 month) period: The dominant strategy among neural network is to Hold STJ stock.

Keywords: STJ, St. James's Place plc, stock forecast, machine learning based prediction, risk rating, buy-sell behaviour, stock analysis, target price analysis, options and futures.

## Key Points

1. Is it better to buy and sell or hold?
2. Dominated Move
3. What statistical methods are used to analyze data?

## STJ Target Price Prediction Modeling Methodology

Stock market also called as equity market is the aggregation of the sellers and buyers. It is concerned with the domain where the shares of various public listed companies are traded. For predicting the growth of economy, stock market acts as an index. Due to the nonlinear nature, the prediction of the stock market becomes a difficult task. But the application of various machine learning techniques has been becoming a powerful source for the prediction. We consider St. James's Place plc Stock Decision Process with Independent T-Test where A is the set of discrete actions of STJ stock holders, F is the set of discrete states, P : S × F × S → R is the transition probability distribution, R : S × F → R is the reaction function, and γ ∈ [0, 1] is a move factor for expectation.1,2,3,4

F(Independent T-Test)5,6,7= $\begin{array}{cccc}{p}_{a1}& {p}_{a2}& \dots & {p}_{1n}\\ & ⋮\\ {p}_{j1}& {p}_{j2}& \dots & {p}_{jn}\\ & ⋮\\ {p}_{k1}& {p}_{k2}& \dots & {p}_{kn}\\ & ⋮\\ {p}_{n1}& {p}_{n2}& \dots & {p}_{nn}\end{array}$ X R(Multi-Task Learning (ML)) X S(n):→ (n+3 month) $∑ i = 1 n r i$

n:Time series to forecast

p:Price signals of STJ stock

j:Nash equilibria

k:Dominated move

a:Best response for target price

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## STJ Stock Forecast (Buy or Sell) for (n+3 month)

Sample Set: Neural Network
Stock/Index: STJ St. James's Place plc
Time series to forecast n: 24 Oct 2022 for (n+3 month)

According to price forecasts for (n+3 month) period: The dominant strategy among neural network is to Hold STJ stock.

X axis: *Likelihood% (The higher the percentage value, the more likely the event will occur.)

Y axis: *Potential Impact% (The higher the percentage value, the more likely the price will deviate.)

Z axis (Yellow to Green): *Technical Analysis%

## Conclusions

St. James's Place plc assigned short-term Baa2 & long-term Baa2 forecasted stock rating. We evaluate the prediction models Multi-Task Learning (ML) with Independent T-Test1,2,3,4 and conclude that the STJ stock is predictable in the short/long term. According to price forecasts for (n+3 month) period: The dominant strategy among neural network is to Hold STJ stock.

### Financial State Forecast for STJ Stock Options & Futures

Rating Short-Term Long-Term Senior
Outlook*Baa2Baa2
Operational Risk 6469
Market Risk7788
Technical Analysis6474
Fundamental Analysis8969
Risk Unsystematic7469

### Prediction Confidence Score

Trust metric by Neural Network: 86 out of 100 with 589 signals.

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Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: What is the prediction methodology for STJ stock?
A: STJ stock prediction methodology: We evaluate the prediction models Multi-Task Learning (ML) and Independent T-Test
Q: Is STJ stock a buy or sell?
A: The dominant strategy among neural network is to Hold STJ Stock.
Q: Is St. James's Place plc stock a good investment?
A: The consensus rating for St. James's Place plc is Hold and assigned short-term Baa2 & long-term Baa2 forecasted stock rating.
Q: What is the consensus rating of STJ stock?
A: The consensus rating for STJ is Hold.
Q: What is the prediction period for STJ stock?
A: The prediction period for STJ is (n+3 month)