Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (GBX) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Cowen and Company

Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

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.

Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Cowen and Company from $39.00 to $50.00. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $37.88, a decrease compared to the opening price of $47.70. Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) stock has a 52-week high of $48.60.

Yesterday Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) shares last traded at $48.55, which represents a spike of $1.15 from the previous closing price. Opening at $47.70, they ranged from $47.65 and $48.60 throughout the day.

Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) now has a market cap of 1.38B.

Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) Average Daily Trading Volume

99,511 shares traded hands yesterday, 4 percent below the norm, out of a total float 27,104,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) 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 Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: GBX) have ranged from $19.89 – 48.60, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $41.21 and 200-day MA of $35.05. Today’s last price is 0.10%% lower than the 52 week high of $48.60.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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