Eaton Vance Corp. (EV) stock moves up, “Hold” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group Analysts

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 23 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, in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Eaton Vance Corp. has a 52-week high of $40.85. The one-year price target of $37.93 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $39.59, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Usually, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, such as a price target change.

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) shares last traded at $40.02, which represents a spike of $0.39 or 0.98% from the previous closing price. Opening at $39.59, they ranged from $39.59 and $40.14 throughout the day.

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) now has a market cap of 4.36B.

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) Average Daily Trading Volume

47,537 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 104,043,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

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

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) 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.

Traders are able to make make more useful decisions on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) now has a 50-day MA of $37.62 and 200-day MA of $37.33. It has traded in a 52-week range between $26.44 – 40.85 and today’s last price is 2.03%% lower than the 52 week high of $40.85.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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