Resource Capital Corp. (RSO) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 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 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $9.19 is higher than the opening price of $8.47, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Resource Capital Corp. stock has a high of $13.73. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) opened at $8.47 yesterday and traded in a range between, $8.36 and $8.47, and last traded at $8.44, which represents a spike of $0.02 over the previous closing price.

Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) currently has a market cap of 258.04M.

Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) Average Daily Trading Volume

18,133 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 52 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 26,528,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) 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.

Trades for Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO) have ranged from $7.57 – 13.73, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $8.49 and 200-day MA of $11.46. Today’s last price is 38.53%% under the 52 week high of $13.73.

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

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