American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) Downgraded at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) were downgraded by analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, American Airlines Group Inc. has a 52-week high of $47.09. The one-year price target of $41.23 is higher than the opening price of $35.00, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Downgrades occur when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often because of an important and major change in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) shares last traded at $34.67, a decrease of $0.48 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $35.00, they fluctuated from $33.90 and $35.15 throughout the day.

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) now has a market cap of 18.37B.

10,408,214 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 524,624,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch 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.

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

Traders are able to make make educated trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) have ranged from $24.85 – 47.09, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $36.11 and 200-day MA of $35.46. Today’s last price is 0.26% lower than the 52 week high of $47.09.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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