EastGroup Properties, Inc. (EGP) stock falls, “Market Perform” rating reiterated by Raymond James Financial, Inc. Analysts

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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%.

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) had its Market Perform rating reiterated by equities researchers at Raymond James Financial, Inc. in a research note to investors. With a rating of Market Perform on the stock, EastGroup Properties, Inc. has a 52-week high of $76.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $72.08, lower than the opening price of $74.81, a difference of 9.64 percent. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) shares last traded at $74.81, which is a drop of $0.53 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $74.81, they varied from $74.07 and $75.26 throughout the day.

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) currently has a market cap of 2.45B.

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) Average Daily Trading Volume

18,431 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 104 percent below normal, out of a total float 31,599,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) 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 EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE: EGP) have ranged from $49.31 – 76.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $71.53 and 200-day MA of $70.77. Today’s last price is 1.57%% below the 52 week high of $76.00.

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

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