Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (INN) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. has a 52-week high of $16.33. The one-year price target of $15.89 is above the opening price of $15.47, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic updates, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) shares last traded at $15.54, which represents an increase of $0.06 over the previous closing price. Opening at $15.47, they varied from $15.44 and $15.61 throughout the day.

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) currently has a market cap of 1.36B.

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) Average Daily Trading Volume

45,486 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 99 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 86,013,000. 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 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 that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) have ranged from $9.00 – 16.33, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $15.18 and 200-day MA of $13.95. Today’s last price is 4.84%% under the 52 week high of $16.33.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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