Campbell Soup Co. (CPB) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Stifel Nicolaus

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $56.00 to $62.00. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $59.08 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $62.81, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Campbell Soup Co. stock has a high of $67.89.

Yesterday Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) shares last traded at $63.01, which represents a spike of $0.17 over the previous closing price. Opening at $62.81, they varied from $62.76 and $63.05 throughout the day.

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) now has a market cap of 19.35B.

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) Average Daily Trading Volume

133,416 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 84 percent below normal, out of a total float 191,109,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) 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 Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) have ranged from $52.59 – 67.89, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $60.16 and 200-day MA of $58.53. Today’s last price is 7.19%% below the 52 week high of $67.89.

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

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