Tiffany & Co. (TIF) Stock Up After Upgrade at Wells Fargo & Company

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) 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 Wells Fargo & Company upgraded shares of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) from Underperform to Market Perform today. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $85.44. The one-year price target of $84.91 is above the opening price of $81.93, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) shares last traded at $82.01, which is a spike of $1.46 from the previous closing price. Opening at $81.93, they varied from $81.23 and $82.12 throughout the day.

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) currently has a market cap of 10.21B.

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) Average Daily Trading Volume

394,498 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 37 percent below the average, out of a total float 123,624,000. 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.

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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) 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.

With that in mind, Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) now has a 50-day MA of $80.18 and 200-day MA of $71.81. It has traded in a 52-week range between $56.99 – 85.44 and today’s last price is 4.01%% lower than the 52 week high of $85.44.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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