Aaron’s Inc. (AAN) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at SunTrust Banks Inc.

Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) shares rose in value on Friday January 20 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, U.S. stocks rose Friday morning as Wall Street closely awaited Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% rose 95 points, or 0.5%, to 19,826, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.41% climbed 11 points, or 0.5%, to 2,275 and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.37% added 28 points, or 0.6%, to 5,571.

Analysts at SunTrust Banks Inc. upgraded shares of Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Aaron’s Inc. has a 52-week high of $34.22. The one-year price target of $33.69 is higher than the opening price of $29.67, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) opened at $29.67 yesterday trading between $29.67 and $30.53, and last traded at $30.25, which is a jump of $1.06 from the previous closing price.

Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) currently has a market cap of 2.16B.

Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 733,719 shares out of a total float 63,035,000 and some 235,973 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 59 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.

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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) 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, Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) now has a 50-day MA of $32.00 and 200-day MA of $26.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $20.26 – 34.22 and today’s last price is 11.60%% lower than the 52 week high of $34.22.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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