Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN) Shares Active after Upgrade at Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) shares traded mostly even in value in early trading today on 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 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 Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) from Market Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Brandywine Realty Trust has a 52-week high of $17.05. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Brandywine Realty Trust has earned a consensus one-year price target of $16.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $16.77. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) shares last traded at $16.56. Opening at $16.77, they ranged from $16.45 and $16.79 throughout the day.

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) now has a market cap of 2.89B.

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,519,020 shares out of a total float 172,061,000 and some 98,800 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 31 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks 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.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) 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.

Trades for Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) have ranged from $11.22 – 17.05, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $15.75 and 200-day MA of $15.86. Today’s last price is 2.87%% below the 52 week high of $17.05.

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

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