Almost Family Inc. (AFAM) Stock Up After Upgrade at Royal Bank Of Canada

Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) shares rose in value in early trade Wednesday with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada upgraded shares of Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) from Sector Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $45.17. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Almost Family Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $50.00, above the opening price of $41.45, a difference of 12.17 percent. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

U.S. stocks mostly climbed on Wednesday as crude-oil prices traded above $51 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.18% gained 33 points, or 0.2% at 18,195, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% advanced 2 points, or less than 0.1%, at 2,141, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.08% traded little-changed at 5,240.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed stronger-than-expected quarterly results from a host of companies

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.62% finished up 13.10 points, or 0.6%, at 2,139.60, with all 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42% rose 75.54 points, or 0.4%, to close at 18,161.94.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.85% added 44.01 points, or 0.9%, to close at 5,243.84.

Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) shares last traded at $41.10, which represents a jump of $0.30 or 0.74% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $41.45, they varied from $40.88 and $41.45 throughout the day.

Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) now has a market cap of 417.45M.

Almost Family Inc.Trading Volume

28,514 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 7,742,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Almost Family Inc. 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.

Traders are able to make make the best trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Almost Family Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) now has a 50-day MA of $36.71 and 200-day MA of $39.88. It has traded in a 52-week range between $34.08 – 45.17 and today’s last price is 9.01%% lower than the 52 week high of $45.17.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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