Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF) Stock Up After Upgrade at FBR & Co

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) shares rose in value Wednesday Jan 4 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday as banking stocks led the Dow Jones Industrial Average closer to the 20,000 milestone.

The Dow DJIA, +0.18% gained 25 points, or 0.1%, to 19,906. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.36% climbed four points, or 0.2%, to 2,262. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.50% added 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,447.

Analysts at FBR & Co upgraded shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) from Underperform to Market Perform today. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $14.15 is above the opening price of $12.32, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Abercrombie & Fitch Company stock has a high of $32.83. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) shares last traded at $12.54, which is a spike of $0.43 or 0.04 over the previous closing price. Opening at $12.32, they fluctuated from $12.29 and $12.72 throughout the day.

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) currently has a market cap of 848.63M.

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) Average Daily Trading Volume

575,692 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 67,176,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Abercrombie & Fitch Company (NYSE: ANF) now has a 50-day MA of $14.19 and 200-day MA of $17.13. It has traded in a 52-week range between $11.53 – 32.83 and today’s last price is 0.62% lower than the 52 week high of $32.83.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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