Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) stock starts with “Neutral” rating in note to investors by Credit Suisse

Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) shares closed lower on Monday January 23 on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the 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.

Analysts at Credit Suisse initiated coverage on Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) stock, starting the company at Neutral. Credit Suisse currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Molson Coors Brewing Co. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $120.20, above the opening price of $97.15, a difference of 12.41 percent. Molson Coors Brewing Co. stock has a 52-week high of $112.19. Price changes targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Yesterday Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) shares last traded at $96.82, which represents a decrease of $0.80 from the previous closing price. Opening at $97.15, they fluctuated from $96.48 and $97.63 throughout the day.

Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) now has a market cap of 20.80B.

Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,685,900 shares out of a total float 179,532,000 and some 164,628 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 54 percent lower than the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) 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 Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE: TAP) have ranged from $80.78 – 112.19, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $97.61 and 200-day MA of $101.46. Today’s last price is 13.70%% below the 52 week high of $112.19.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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