Total System Services, Inc. (TSS) Shares Active after Upgrade at Stifel Nicolaus

Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) 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 Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $56.54. The one-year price target of $58.70 is higher than the opening price of $50.52, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) opened at $50.52 yesterday trading between $50.52 and $50.99, and last traded at $50.77, which is a jump of $0.45 over the previous closing price.

Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) currently has a market cap of 9.32B.

Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,317,800 shares out of a total float 180,401,000 and some 276,132 shares traded hands yesterday, 120 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 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 professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) 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.

With that in mind, Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE: TSS) now has a 50-day MA of $51.50 and 200-day MA of $49.80. It has traded in a 52-week range between $37.47 – 56.54 and today’s last price is 10.21%% lower than the 52 week high of $56.54.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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