Constellation Brands Inc (STZ) Stock Up After Upgrade at Bank of America Corporation

Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) 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 Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) from Underperform to Buy today. Bank of America Corporation currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Constellation Brands Inc has earned a consensus one-year price target of $179.31, higher than the opening price of $157.15, a difference of 11.41 percent. Constellation Brands Inc stock has a 52-week high of $173.55. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) shares last traded at $157.18, a jump of $2.43 or 0.02 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $157.15, they varied from $156.26 and $158.25 throughout the day.

Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) currently has a market cap of 31.60B.

Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) Average Daily Trading Volume

518,854 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 163,603,000. 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) have ranged from $130.23 – 173.55, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $152.97 and 200-day MA of $161.46. Today’s last price is 0.09% below the 52 week high of $173.55.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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