Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (WMS) Stock Price Target Moved to $24.00 at Royal Bank Of Canada

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, in early trading today the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.19% rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 19,929 while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.31% added 5 points to 2,275, a rise of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.53% climbed 19 points, or 0.3%, to 5,567.

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Royal Bank Of Canada from $22.00 to $24.00. With a rating of Sector Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $28.49. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $24.29, a decrease compared to the opening price of $25.60.

Shares of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) opened at $25.60 yesterday and traded in a range between, $25.05 and $26.30, and last traded at $25.30, a jump of $2.00 over the previous closing price.

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) now has a market cap of 1.39B.

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) Average Daily Trading Volume

127,278 shares traded hands yesterday, 96 percent below the average, out of a total float 29,205,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

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

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) 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 Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) have ranged from $17.72 – 28.49, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $20.95 and 200-day MA of $23.19. Today’s last price is 11.20%% below the 52 week high of $28.49.

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

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