Axis Capital Holdings Limited (AXS) Stock Up After Upgrade at MKM Partners

Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 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 DJIA, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Analysts at MKM Partners upgraded shares of Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Axis Capital Holdings Limited has a 52-week high of $70.00. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $61.10, a decrease compared to the opening price of $66.28, a difference of 9.07 percent. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) shares last traded at $67.36, which is an increase of $2.79 from the previous closing price. Opening at $66.28, they ranged from $66.26 and $70.00 throughout the day.

Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) now has a market cap of 5.96B.

Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 498,671 shares out of a total float 86,532,000 and some 347,780 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 59 percent lower than normal. 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 one day will not mean much, conversely, 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) 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 Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS) have ranged from $51.01 – 70.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $65.00 and 200-day MA of $59.04. Today’s last price is 3.77%% under the 52 week high of $70.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical 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 a 3 year period.

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