Arconic (ARNC) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at TheStreet

Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) shares rose in value on Friday, January 13 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, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

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Analysts at TheStreet upgraded shares of Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) from to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Arconic has a 52-week high of $25.86. The one-year price target of $23.20 is above the opening price of $20.94, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) opened at $20.94 yesterday trading between $20.89 and $21.23, and last traded at $21.13, which is a spike of $0.13 compared to the previous closing price.

Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) now has a market cap of 9.27B.

Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) Average Daily Trading Volume

4,616,176 shares traded hands yesterday, 109 percent below normal, out of a total float 399,826,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) 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.

With that in mind, Arconic (NASDAQ: ARNC) now has a 50-day MA of $20.22 and 200-day MA of $21.42. It has traded in a 52-week range between $13.81 – 25.86 and today’s last price is 18.30%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.86.

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

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