Guess?, Inc. (GES) stock falls, “Positive” rating reiterated by Wunderlich Analysts

Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) 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, 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.

Wunderlich analysts reiterated its Positive rating on Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Positive on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Guess?, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $16.11, above the opening price of $12.11, a difference of 13.27 percent. Guess?, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $22.84. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) shares last traded at $12.14, a drop of $0.03 over the previous closing price. Opening at $12.11, they fluctuated from $12.04 and $12.15 throughout the day.

Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) now has a market cap of 1.02B.

Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) Average Daily Trading Volume

50,958 shares traded hands yesterday, 36 percent below normal, out of a total float 60,541,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) 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 winning trades.

Trades for Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) have ranged from $11.87 – 22.84, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $13.17 and 200-day MA of $14.47. Today’s last price is 46.85%% under the 52 week high of $22.84.

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

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