AT&T Inc. (T) stock slides, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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 Jefferies Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Jefferies Group currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $40.76 is above the opening price of $39.60, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, AT&T Inc. stock has a high of $43.89. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) shares last traded at $39.42, which is a decrease of $0.12 per share or -0.30% from the previous closing price. Opening at $39.60, they ranged from $39.42 and $39.63 throughout the day.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) currently has a market cap of 242.08B.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 24,415,400 shares out of a total float 6,136,946,000 and some 2,193,453 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) now has a 50-day MA of $37.69 and 200-day MA of $40.25. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.01 – 43.89 and today’s last price is 10.18%% lower than the 52 week high of $43.89.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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