Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) Shares Active after Upgrade at Guggenheim

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 on slower 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 Guggenheim upgraded shares of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) from Neutral to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $79.74 is above the opening price of $69.42, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Foot Locker, Inc. stock has a high of $79.43. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) opened at $69.42 yesterday and traded in a range between, $68.66 and $69.43, and last traded at $69.18, which is a spike of $0.87 compared to the previous closing price.

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) currently has a market cap of 9.16B.

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) Average Daily Trading Volume

247,388 shares traded hands yesterday, 35 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 130,601,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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, 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 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 that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) 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 Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) have ranged from $50.90 – 79.43, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $71.17 and 200-day MA of $67.90. Today’s last price is 12.90%% under the 52 week high of $79.43.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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