Cardtronics Inc. (CATM) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) shares rose on Monday Dec 5 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, 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.

Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group in a research note to investors. Jefferies Group currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $55.25 is above the opening price of $51.41, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Cardtronics Inc. stock has a high of $52.79. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) opened at $51.41 on Tuesday trading between $51.15 and $52.39, and last traded at $52.14, which is an increase of $1.55 or 3.06% over the previous closing price.

Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) currently has a market cap of 2.36B.

Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 381,722 shares out of a total float 39,793,000 and some 42,593 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) 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 following the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders are able to make make the best trades.

With that in mind, Cardtronics Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) now has a 50-day MA of $49.67 and 200-day MA of $44.41. It has traded in a 52-week range between $28.01 – 52.79 and today’s last price is 1.23%% lower than the 52 week high of $52.79.

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 at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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