Credit Suisse Group (CS) Shares Active after Upgrade at Barclays PLC

Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) shares rose in value Wednesday Jan 4 with lower 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 Barclays PLC upgraded shares of Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) from Equal Weight to Overweight today. Barclays PLC currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $17.35, higher than the opening price of $15.80, a difference of 11.00 percent. Credit Suisse Group stock has a 52-week high of $20.95. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) opened at $15.80 on Tuesday trading between $15.74 and $15.82, and last traded at $15.77, an increase of $0.51 or 0.03 over the previous closing price.

Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) currently has a market cap of 32.93B.

Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,326,227 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 1,961,176,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) 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.

With that in mind, Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) now has a 50-day MA of $14.53 and 200-day MA of $12.99. It has traded in a 52-week range between $10.01 – 20.95 and today’s last price is 0.25% lower than the 52 week high of $20.95.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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