Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EDR) Stock Upgraded at Robert W. Baird

Analysts at Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EDR) from Neutral to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Education Realty Trust Inc. has a 52-week high of $48.87. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $49.41, above the opening price of $44.24, a difference of 11.37 percent. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EDR) opened at $44.24 yesterday trading between $43.32 and $44.24, and last traded at $43.46, which represents a spike of $0.49 over the previous closing price.

Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EDR) currently has a market cap of 3.17B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 763,464 shares out of a total float 72,705,000 and some 798,902 shares traded hands yesterday, 14 percent above normal. Excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of large gains in trading volume and price appreciation can be determining factors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, 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. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Education Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EDR) have ranged from $30.77 – 48.87, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $45.42 and 200-day MA of $43.42. Today’s last price is 0.11% lower than the 52 week high of $48.87.

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

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