American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) Stock Price Target Moved to $49.00 at Imperial Capital

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) shares rose on Tuesday Nov 22 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Imperial Capital from $43.00 to $49.00. Imperial Capital currently has a rating of line on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and American Airlines Group Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $43.87, less than the opening price of $46.03, a difference of 9.42 percent. American Airlines Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $46.95.

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) shares last traded at $46.55, which represents an increase of $0.47 or 1.02% over the previous closing price. Opening at $46.03, they ranged from $46.03 and $46.95 throughout the day.

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) currently has a market cap of 24.12B.

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 7,907,300 shares out of a total float 491,208,000 and some 634,887 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Swing traders often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive cue 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful choices on trades.

Trades for American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) have ranged from $24.85 – 46.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $40.56 and 200-day MA of $35.48. Today’s last price is 0.85%% lower than the 52 week high of $46.95.

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

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