Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (BGFV) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) from Hold to Strong-Buy today. With a rating of Strong-Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $20.35. The one-year price target of $17.25 is higher than the opening price of $15.65, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) opened at $15.65 yesterday and traded in a range between, $15.60 and $15.80, and last traded at $15.68, an increase of $0.13 over the previous closing price.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) currently has a market cap of 337.53M.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 649,724 shares out of a total float 19,262,000 and some 37,532 shares traded hands yesterday, 17 percent lower than normal. 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.

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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) 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, Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. (NASDAQ: BGFV) now has a 50-day MA of $17.37 and 200-day MA of $15.06. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.15 – 20.350 and today’s last price is 22.97%% lower than the 52 week high of $20.35.

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

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