Aaron’s, Inc. (AAN) stock starts with “Overweight” rating in note to investors by Stephens

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened significantly lower in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 58 points lower, or 0.29% to 19895, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.28% to 2268, while the Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.38% to 5542.

Analysts at Stephens initiated coverage on Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) stock, starting the company at Overweight. With a rating of Overweight on the shares, Aaron’s, Inc. has a 52-week high of $34.22. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and Aaron’s, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $33.72, higher than the opening price of $32.73, a difference of 10.47 percent. Changes in price targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Yesterday Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) shares last traded at $32.22, a decrease of $0.28 from the previous closing price. Opening at $32.73, they fluctuated from $32.13 and $32.73 throughout the day.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) currently has a market cap of 2.30B.

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

25,767 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 60 percent below 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 increases 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.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) have ranged from $20.26 – 34.22, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $31.67 and 200-day MA of $26.23. Today’s last price is 5.84%% under the 52 week high of $34.22.

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 raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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