Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (TD) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) shares rose in value in early trading today on slower 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $51.81 is above the opening price of $51.30, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Toronto Dominion Bank (The) stock has a high of $51.45. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) opened at $51.30 yesterday and traded in a range between, $51.14 and $51.31, and last traded at $51.17, an increase of $0.03 from the previous closing price.

Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) currently has a market cap of 95.03B.

Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) Average Daily Trading Volume

111,197 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 5 percent below the norm, out of a total float 1,803,211,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, 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.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (NYSE: TD) have ranged from $33.49 – 51.45, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $49.36 and 200-day MA of $45.47. Today’s last price is 0.54%% under the 52 week high of $51.45.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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