Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (AXS) stock coverage initiated with “Sell” in note to investors by Citigroup Inc.

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 22 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Citigroup Inc. initiated coverage on Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) stock, rating the company at Sell. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $59.89 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $60.93, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. stock has a high of $62.71. After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently publish periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

Shares of Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) opened at $60.93 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $60.89 and $61.41, and last traded at $60.93, which represents a decrease of $0.28 per share or -0.46% from the previous closing price.

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) now has a market cap of 5.39B.

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) Average Daily Trading Volume

40,471 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 86,532,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AXS) have ranged from $51.01 – 62.71, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $57.62 and 200-day MA of $55.51. Today’s last price is 2.84%% lower than the 52 week high of $62.71.

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

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