Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by RBC Capital Markets Analysts

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) 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.

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at RBC Capital Markets in a research note to investors. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Constellation Brands Inc. has a 52-week high of $173.55. The one-year price target of $180.75 is higher than the opening price of $154.03, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) shares last traded at $154.81, an increase of $1.47 or 0.96% from the previous closing price. Opening at $154.03, they ranged from $153.45 and $155.04 throughout the day.

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) now has a market cap of 31.13B.

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) Average Daily Trading Volume

188,520 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 168,048,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) 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 Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE: STZ) have ranged from $130.23 – 173.55, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $164.33 and 200-day MA of $162.23. Today’s last price is 10.80%% below the 52 week high of $173.55.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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