Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) shares rose in value on Tuesday January 17 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 trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

A Practical Guide to Investing in the Stock Market

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has a 52-week high of $83.65. The one-year price target of $80.04 is above the opening price of $71.62, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) opened at $71.62 yesterday and traded in a range between, $71.39 and $72.90, and last traded at $72.81, an increase of $0.66 over the previous closing price.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) now has a market cap of 63.33B.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) Average Daily Trading Volume

984,808 shares traded hands yesterday, 70 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 868,498,000. 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.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) 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, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) now has a 50-day MA of $72.46 and 200-day MA of $74.19. It has traded in a 52-week range between $62.62 – 83.65 and today’s last price is 12.96%% lower than the 52 week high of $83.65.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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