Avangrid, Inc. (AGR) stock coverage initiated with “Buy” in note to investors by Evercore ISI

Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Analysts at Evercore ISI initiated coverage on Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) stock, rating the company at Buy. Evercore ISI currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $42.20, higher than the opening price of $39.09. Avangrid, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $46.74. After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently publish periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

Shares of Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) opened at $39.09 yesterday trading between $38.78 and $39.09, and last traded at $38.89, which represents an increase of $0.16 from the previous closing price.

Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) now has a market cap of 12.02B.

Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 535,162 shares out of a total float 55,543,000 and some 86,452 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 106 percent below the average. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

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

Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) 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.

Trades for Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) have ranged from $35.42 – 46.74, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $37.33 and 200-day MA of $41.07. Today’s last price is 16.80%% under the 52 week high of $46.74.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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