Domtar Corp. (UFS) Stock Up After Upgrade at Bank of America Corp.

Domtar Corp. (NYSE: UFS) shares rose in value in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Bank of America Corp. upgraded shares of Domtar Corp. (NYSE: UFS) from Underperform to Neutral today. Bank of America Corp. currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $39.50 is above the opening price of $37.43, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Domtar Corp. stock has a high of $42.95. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Meanwhile, US stock opened lower amid concerns surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe into Deutsche Bank AG.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.25% slipped 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,162.

The Dow industrials DJIA, -0.26% fell 55 points, or 0.3%, to 18,252.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.11% was off 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,298

Shares of Domtar Corp. (NYSE: UFS) opened at $37.43 yesterday trading between $37.16 and $37.59, and last traded at $37.23, which represents a jump of $0.10 or 0.00 from the previous closing price.

Domtar Corp. (NYSE: UFS) currently has a market cap of 2.33B.

Domtar Corp.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 504,822 shares out of a total float 62,528,000 and some 122,167 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Domtar Corp. 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective judgments on trades.

Trades for Domtar Corp. (NYSE: UFS) have ranged from $29.88 – 42.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $37.08 and 200-day MA of $37.66. Today’s last price is 0.13% below the 52 week high of $42.95.

Earnings growth is ann important factor to research when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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