Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Brean Capital Analysts

Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 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, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Brean Capital analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Deckers Outdoor Corp. has a 52-week high of $69.94. The one-year price target of $59.69 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $60.35, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) opened at $60.35 on Tuesday trading between $59.57 and $60.84, and last traded at $59.68, a jump of $0.20 or 0.34% from the previous closing price.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) now has a market cap of 1.91B.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 685,381 shares out of a total float 30,200,000 and some 157,288 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average. Investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above 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.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make well planned trades.

Trades for Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE: DECK) have ranged from $40.74 – 69.94, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $57.23 and 200-day MA of $59.06. Today’s last price is 14.67%% under the 52 week high of $69.94.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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