Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Barclays PLC

Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) shares rose in value in early trading today on lower 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 Barclays PLC upgraded shares of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) from Underweight to Equal Weight today. With a rating of Equal Weight on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $50.98. The one-year price target of $43.41 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $48.94, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Typically, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) shares last traded at $48.97, which is an increase of $0.62 over the previous closing price. Opening at $48.94, they fluctuated from $48.56 and $49.04 throughout the day.

Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) now has a market cap of 6.25B.

Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) Average Daily Trading Volume

50,512 shares traded hands yesterday, 82 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 123,410,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders 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.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) 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, Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) now has a 50-day MA of $47.65 and 200-day MA of $40.62. It has traded in a 52-week range between $34.34 – 50.98 and today’s last price is 3.94%% lower than the 52 week high of $50.98.

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

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