Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Loop Capital

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) 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 Loop Capital upgraded shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has a 52-week high of $157.34. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $160.16, higher than the opening price of $143.04, a difference of 11.16 percent. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) opened at $143.04 on Tuesday trading between $142.36 and $143.90, and last traded at $143.51, a spike of $2.08 or 0.01 from the previous closing price.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) now has a market cap of 20.99B.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 797,429 shares out of a total float 146,026,000 and some 166,672 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings 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.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP) now has a 50-day MA of $147.87 and 200-day MA of $145.84. It has traded in a 52-week range between $97.09 – 157.34 and today’s last price is 0.09% lower than the 52 week high of $157.34.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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