Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (AHP) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Janney Montgomery Scott

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) shares rose in value on Tuesday January 31 on lighter 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 DJIA, -0.60% fell 140 points, or 0.7%, to 19,833, with 26 of the 30 blue-chip companies trading lower. Nike, Inc. NKE, -1.10% down 2.4% and Intel Corp. INTC, -1.70% off 1%, were leading losses.

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The health-care sector, which was down in early trade, rebounded after President Trump called for scaling back drugmaker’s regulation, lowering taxes and prices of medicines.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.25% declined 31 points, or 0.6%, to 5,581.

Analysts at Janney Montgomery Scott upgraded shares of Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $17.64. The one-year price target of $13.75 is lower than the opening price of $13.81, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) opened at $13.81 yesterday and traded in a range between, $13.47 and $13.81, and last traded at $13.55, which represents a spike of $0.29 compared to the previous closing price.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) currently has a market cap of 351.88M.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 159,082 shares out of a total float 18,508,000 and some 10,387 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 55 percent below the norm. 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.

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 have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) 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 Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) have ranged from $8.37 – 17.64, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $14.00 and 200-day MA of $14.16. Today’s last price is 23.19%% below the 52 week high of $17.64.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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