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

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) shares rose in value on Friday, January 13 on slower 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 Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) from Neutral to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $81.16. The one-year price target of $66.40 is higher than the opening price of $62.98, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) shares last traded at $63.54, which is a spike of $0.74 from the previous closing price. Opening at $62.98, they ranged from $62.60 and $63.96 throughout the day.

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) now has a market cap of 11.33B.

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

709,046 shares traded hands yesterday, 74 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 175,145,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

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 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, Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE: FNV) now has a 50-day MA of $58.78 and 200-day MA of $67.79. It has traded in a 52-week range between $41.47 – 81.16 and today’s last price is 21.71%% lower than the 52 week high of $81.16.

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

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