Avis Budget Group Inc. (CAR) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Credit Suisse Group AG Analysts

Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) shares rose on Thursday Nov 17 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.

Meanwhile, stocks opened flat this morning, struggling for direction in early trade ahead of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Ahead of an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen said an interest-rate hike could come “relatively soon,”

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% fell less than 0.1% to 2,176.85 while Dow Industrials DJIA, -0.05% fell 9 points to 18,858. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.18% declined 0.1% to 5,291.48.

Credit Suisse Group AG analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Avis Budget Group Inc. has a 52-week high of $42.21. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Avis Budget Group Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $42.00, above the opening price of $38.86. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) opened at $38.86 on Monday and traded in a range between, $38.54 and $39.11, and last traded at $38.97, a jump of $0.20 or 0.52% compared to the previous closing price.

Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) now has a market cap of 3,425.07B.

Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,342,480 shares out of a total float 68,876,000 and some 86,099 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) have ranged from $21.73 – 42.21, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $34.07 and 200-day MA of $33.58. Today’s last price is 7.68%% below the 52 week high of $42.21.

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

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