CarMax Inc. (KMX) stock slips, “Neutral” rating reaffirmed by Wedbush Analysts

CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) shares fell 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.

Wedbush analysts reiterated its Neutral rating on CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $61.29, above the opening price of $55.29. CarMax Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $60.81. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) opened at $55.29 on Monday and traded in a range between, $54.17 and $55.69, and last traded at $55.59, a decrease of $0.41 per share or -0.73% from the previous closing price.

CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) currently has a market cap of 10.58B.

CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) Average Daily Trading Volume

304,140 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 189,193,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) 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 successful trades.

Trades for CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) have ranged from $41.25 – 60.81, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $51.76 and 200-day MA of $53.63. Today’s last price is 8.58%% under the 52 week high of $60.81.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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