Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Credit Suisse Group

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) 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, 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.

Analysts at Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) from Neutral to Outperform today. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Franco-Nevada Corporation has secured a consensus one-year price target of $66.37, higher than the opening price of $62.98. Franco-Nevada Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $81.16. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) shares last traded at $63.09, a jump of $0.29 from the previous closing price. Opening at $62.98, they fluctuated from $62.60 and $63.44 throughout the day.

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) now has a market cap of 11.25B.

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 888,632 shares out of a total float 175,145,000 and some 111,023 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 77 percent lower than the average. 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.

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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) now has a 50-day MA of $58.64 and 200-day MA of $67.86. It has traded in a 52-week range between $41.47 – 81.160 and today’s last price is 22.27%% lower than the 52 week high of $81.16.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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