Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (APLE) Shares Active after Upgrade at Robert W. Baird

Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) from Neutral to Outperform today. Robert W. Baird currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $18.60, above the opening price of $18.49. Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $20.97. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) shares last traded at $18.47, a spike of $0.21 or 1.15% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $18.49, they varied from $18.35 and $18.58 throughout the day.

Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) currently has a market cap of 4.13B.

Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) Average Daily Trading Volume

347,561 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 209,762,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period 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 teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) 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 impactful judgments on trades.

Trades for Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. (NYSE: APLE) have ranged from $16.35 – 20.97, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $18.02 and 200-day MA of $18.78. Today’s last price is 11.92%% lower than the 52 week high of $20.97.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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