American Airlines Group, Inc. (AAL) Stock Up After Upgrade at Sanford C. Bernstein

American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) shares rose in value on Monday February 6 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Investors turned cautious in early trading today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, was off by 17 points, or 0.1%, to 20.054.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.14% eased 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,293, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Nearly all main sectors were trading lower, while materials and consumer staples led the losses.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.14% slipped 10 points, or 0.2%, at 5,144.

Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded shares of American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) from Underperform to Market Perform today. Sanford C. Bernstein currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $54.27 is above the opening price of $44.80, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, American Airlines Group, Inc. stock has a high of $50.64. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other updates, such as a price target change.

Yesterday American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) shares last traded at $45.19, which represents an increase of $0.99 from the previous closing price. Opening at $44.80, they ranged from $44.74 and $45.60 throughout the day.

American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) currently has a market cap of 23.25B.

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

1,253,921 shares traded hands yesterday, 59 percent below normal, out of a total float 487,988,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) have ranged from $24.85 – 50.64, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $47.19 and 200-day MA of $41.19. Today’s last price is 10.76%% under the 52 week high of $50.64.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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