Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock Up After Upgrade at OTR Global

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares rose in value in early trade today on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile stocks opened fat this morning as investors wait on the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting, which may confirm expectations for a December rate hike.

The S&P 500 was up 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,138. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat at 18,128. The Nasdaq Composite began the session unchanged at 5,247.

Analysts at OTR Global upgraded shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) from to Positive today. OTR Global currently has a rating of Positive on the stock. The one-year price target of $125.86 is above the opening price of $117.36, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Apple Inc. stock has a high of $123.82. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic updates, such as a price target change.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares last traded at $116.84, a spike of $0.54 or 0.00 from the previous closing price. Opening at $117.36, they fluctuated from $116.78 and $117.75 throughout the day.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) currently has a market cap of 629.59B.

Apple Inc.Trading Volume

7,220,534 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 5,368,990,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above 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 have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Apple Inc. 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 following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) have ranged from $89.47 – 123.82, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $110.78 and 200-day MA of $103.36. Today’s last price is 0.06% under the 52 week high of $123.82.

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

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