Credit Acceptance Corporation (CACC) stock slides, “Hold” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group Analysts

Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) 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.

Jefferies Group analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $223.57. The one-year price target of $183.75 is lower than the opening price of $210.26, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Usually, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) opened at $210.26 yesterday and traded in a range between, $209.07 and $210.26, and last traded at $209.39, which is a decrease of $0.30 over the previous closing price.

Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) now has a market cap of 4.27B.

Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) Average Daily Trading Volume

711 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 96 percent below normal, out of a total float 11,903,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

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

Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) 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 Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: CACC) have ranged from $160.63 – 223.57, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $205.94 and 200-day MA of $194.13. Today’s last price is 6.34%% under the 52 week high of $223.57.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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