Rockwell Automation, Inc. (ROK) Shares Active after Upgrade at Bank of America Corporation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) shares rose 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 Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) from to Neutral today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, Rockwell Automation, Inc. has a 52-week high of $139.99. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $128.56, less than the opening price of $139.00, a difference of 9.20 percent. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) opened at $139.00 yesterday and traded in a range between, $139.00 and $139.99, and last traded at $139.74, which represents a spike of $1.23 over the previous closing price.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) currently has a market cap of 17.92B.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) Average Daily Trading Volume

195,627 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 57 percent below normal, out of a total float 127,473,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) have ranged from $87.53 – 139.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $135.43 and 200-day MA of $122.28. Today’s last price is 0.18%% below the 52 week high of $139.99.

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

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