AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (ABC) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Bank of America Corporation

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) 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.

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 Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) has a 52-week high of $94.24. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $85.70, above the opening price of $82.28, a difference of 10.37 percent. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) shares last traded at $82.68, which represents a spike of $1.15 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $82.28, they varied from $81.95 and $84.57 throughout the day.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) currently has a market cap of 18.20B.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,817,730 shares out of a total float 162,039,000 and some 389,014 shares traded hands yesterday, 88 percent below the norm. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) 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 AmerisourceBergen Corporation (Holding Co) (NYSE: ABC) have ranged from $68.38 – 94.24, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $79.47 and 200-day MA of $81.85. Today’s last price is 12.27%% under the 52 week high of $94.24.

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

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