AmerisourceBergen Corporation (ABC) stock down despite upgrade at Leerink Swann

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) shares slid back in value on Tuesday January 17 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Analysts at Leerink Swann upgraded shares of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) from Market Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $93.34. The one-year price target of $86.30 is higher than the opening price of $84.92, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue other updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) opened at $84.92 yesterday and traded in a range between, $84.09 and $85.04, and last traded at $84.58, which represents a dip of $0.04 over the previous closing price.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) now has a market cap of 18.62B.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) Average Daily Trading Volume

215,718 shares traded hands yesterday, 99 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 162,039,000. 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.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) 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, AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) now has a 50-day MA of $79.77 and 200-day MA of $81.94. It has traded in a 52-week range between $68.38 – 93.34 and today’s last price is 9.39%% lower than the 52 week high of $93.34.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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