Aaron’s, Inc. (AAN) stock falls, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) shares fell 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.

Meanwhile in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19,883, while the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.13% dipped less than 1 point to 2,268. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.02% which reached its fourth-straight record close on Tuesday, rose 1 point to 5,553.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $34.22. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Aaron’s, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $32.81, above the opening price of $32.45. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) shares last traded at $31.84, a drop of $0.60 over the previous closing price. Opening at $32.45, they ranged from $31.73 and $32.45 throughout the day.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) currently has a market cap of 2.27B.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) Average Daily Trading Volume

45,168 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 27 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 63,032,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings 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 investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) 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, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) now has a 50-day MA of $31.58 and 200-day MA of $26.19. It has traded in a 52-week range between $20.26 – 34.22 and today’s last price is 6.95%% lower than the 52 week high of $34.22.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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