Ameren Corp. (AEE) Stock Price Target Moved to $56.00 at Barclays PLC

Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) shares rose on Friday January 20 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

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.

Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Barclays PLC from $0.00 to $56.00. With a rating of on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $54.08. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $51.93, above the opening price of $51.91.

Shares of Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) opened at $51.91 yesterday trading between $51.80 and $52.40, and last traded at $52.25, which is an increase of $0.44 over the previous closing price.

Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) now has a market cap of 12.68B.

Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,417,130 shares out of a total float 241,800,000 and some 236,958 shares traded hands yesterday, 60 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) 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 Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) have ranged from $42.10 – 54.08, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $51.57 and 200-day MA of $50.46. Today’s last price is 3.38%% lower than the 52 week high of $54.08.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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