General Motors Company (GM) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Morgan Stanley

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) shares rose on Wednesday January 25 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday crossed the 20,000 level for the first time, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also traded in record territory shortly after the market opened

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.60% advanced 100 points, or 0.5%, to 20,012,
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.55% gained 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,289, with eight of the main 11 sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.66% was 30 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,630.

All three main indexes set intraday records shortly after the opening bell.

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley from $0.00 to $42.00. The company currently has a rating of on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $38.36, higher than the opening price of $37.71. General Motors Company stock has a 52-week high of $38.24.

Yesterday General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) shares last traded at $38.22, an increase of $1.22 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $37.71, they fluctuated from $37.60 and $38.24 throughout the day.

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) currently has a market cap of 58.25B.

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,969,281 shares traded hands yesterday, 71 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 1,331,987,000. 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.

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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) now has a 50-day MA of $36.47 and 200-day MA of $33.04. It has traded in a 52-week range between $26.69 – 38.240 and today’s last price is 0.07%% lower than the 52 week high of $38.24.

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

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