The Advisory Board Company (ABCO) stock moves up, “Neutral” rating reaffirmed by Piper Jaffray Companies Analysts

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) shares rose 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, 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.

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) had its Neutral rating reiterated by equities researchers at Piper Jaffray Companies in a research note to investors. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $39.57 is lower than the opening price of $41.25, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, The Advisory Board Company stock has a high of $48.86. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) shares last traded at $42.05, a jump of $0.05 over the previous closing price. Opening at $41.25, they varied from $41.05 and $42.05 throughout the day.

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) now has a market cap of 1.69B.

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 486,789 shares out of a total float 39,563,000 and some 98,104 shares traded hands yesterday, 73 percent below the average. 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.

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 simply 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, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) have ranged from $18.87 – 48.86, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $33.88 and 200-day MA of $38.68. Today’s last price is 13.94%% lower than the 52 week high of $48.86.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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