Canadian National Railway Company (CNI) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) shares rose in value Wednesday Jan 4 with lighter 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $70.00. The one-year price target of $65.35 is less than the opening price of $68.47, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) shares last traded at $68.48, a spike of $1.13 or 0.02 over the previous closing price. Opening at $68.47, they fluctuated from $68.13 and $69.06 throughout the day.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) currently has a market cap of 52.48B.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) Average Daily Trading Volume

268,458 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 664,757,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) have ranged from $46.23 – 70.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $67.12 and 200-day MA of $64.17. Today’s last price is 0.02% below the 52 week high of $70.00.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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