Big Lots Inc. (BIG) Stock Down After Price Target Increase at Telsey Advisory Group

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) shares were down on Monday Dec 5 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Telsey Advisory Group from $50.00 to $56.00. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $55.00 is above the opening price of $51.49, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Big Lots Inc. stock has a high of $56.30.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) shares last traded at $50.70, a decrease of $0.69 per share or -1.34% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $51.49, they fluctuated from $50.31 and $51.62 throughout the day.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) now has a market cap of 2.26B.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) Average Daily Trading Volume

157,769 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 44,098,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While an increase in 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 expresses a positive cue 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) now has a 50-day MA of $47.22 and 200-day MA of $49.44. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.78 – 56.30 and today’s last price is 9.95%% lower than the 52 week high of $56.30.

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

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