McKesson Corporation (MCK) Shares Active after Upgrade at Avondale Partners

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 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, in early trade today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Avondale Partners upgraded shares of McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) from Market Perform to Outperform today. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and McKesson Corporation has secured a consensus one-year price target of $159.21, above the opening price of $150.24, a difference of 10.71 percent. McKesson Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $199.43. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) shares last traded at $148.68, a jump of $0.25 over the previous closing price. Opening at $150.24, they ranged from $148.47 and $150.46 throughout the day.

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) currently has a market cap of 33.61B.

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,683,270 shares out of a total float 225,354,000 and some 170,937 shares traded hands yesterday, 90 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings 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 commonly 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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK) have ranged from $114.53 – 199.43, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $144.06 and 200-day MA of $165.26. Today’s last price is 25.45%% lower than the 52 week high of $199.43.

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 for the past 3 years.

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