J P Morgan Chase & Co (JPM) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) shares slid back in value in early trading today on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

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.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and J P Morgan Chase & Co has secured a consensus one-year price target of $85.07, a decrease compared to the opening price of $86.07, a difference of 9.89 percent. J P Morgan Chase & Co stock has a 52-week high of $87.76. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, often followed by a price target change.

Yesterday J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) shares last traded at $85.98, which represents a dip of $0.20 from the previous closing price. Opening at $86.07, they fluctuated from $85.72 and $86.22 throughout the day.

J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) now has a market cap of 307.62B.

J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,443,175 shares traded hands yesterday, 16 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 3,559,401,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) 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.

With that in mind, J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) now has a 50-day MA of $84.03 and 200-day MA of $70.87. It has traded in a 52-week range between $52.50 – 87.7600 and today’s last price is 2.03%% lower than the 52 week high of $87.76.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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