Acuity Brands Inc (AYI) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reiterated by Canaccord Genuity Analysts

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) shares rose 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.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Canaccord Genuity in a research note to investors. Canaccord Genuity currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $273.82 is above the opening price of $206.85, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Acuity Brands Inc stock has a high of $280.89. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) opened at $206.85 yesterday trading between $206.03 and $210.56, and last traded at $210.17, which represents a spike of $7.66 compared to the previous closing price.

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) currently has a market cap of 9.11B.

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) Average Daily Trading Volume

194,347 shares traded hands yesterday, 7 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 42,892,000. 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.

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

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

Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) 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.

With that in mind, Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI) now has a 50-day MA of $242.99 and 200-day MA of $253.24. It has traded in a 52-week range between $169.42 – 280.89 and today’s last price is 25.18%% lower than the 52 week high of $280.89.

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 been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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