JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) Stock Up After Upgrade at J P Morgan Chase & Co

JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 25 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

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.

Analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co upgraded shares of JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) from Neutral to Overweight today. J P Morgan Chase & Co currently has a rating of Overweight on the shares. The one-year price target of $26.17 is higher than the opening price of $22.04, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, JetBlue Airways Corporation stock has a high of $23.67. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) shares last traded at $21.97, a spike of $0.55 from the previous closing price. Opening at $22.04, they varied from $21.84 and $22.15 throughout the day.

JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) currently has a market cap of 7.11B.

JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,800,032 shares traded hands yesterday, 50 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 322,518,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 instituitional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) 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.

Trades for JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) have ranged from $14.76 – 23.670, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.04 and 200-day MA of $18.86. Today’s last price is 7.20%% under the 52 week high of $23.67.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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