Autoliv Inc. (ALV) Shares Active after Upgrade at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) shares fell back in value Wednesday Nov 23 with lower 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 trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded shares of Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) from Sell to Neutral today. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. The one-year price target of $102.86 is above the opening price of $100.94, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Autoliv Inc. stock has a high of $129.37. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) opened at $100.94 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $100.76 and $102.00, and last traded at $101.00, which represents a drop of $0.81 per share or -0.80% over the previous closing price.

Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) now has a market cap of 8.91B.

Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 411,603 shares out of a total float 88,077,000 and some 217,879 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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 sends a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) 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 how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective judgments on trades.

With that in mind, Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV) now has a 50-day MA of $99.39 and 200-day MA of $108.65. It has traded in a 52-week range between $93.31 – 129.37 and today’s last price is 21.93%% lower than the 52 week high of $129.37.

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 at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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