Express Inc. (EXPR) stock moves up, “Neutral” rating reaffirmed by Wedbush Analysts

Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) shares rose on Friday Dec 2 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 edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% fell 23 points, or 0.1%, to 19,169, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.09% lost 1.2 point to 2,190, a move of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.15% fell 5.3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,247.

Analysts at Wedbush reiterated a Neutral rating on shares of Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. Wedbush currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $13.62 is higher than the opening price of $10.54, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Express Inc. stock has a high of $21.57. Usually, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) shares last traded at $10.70, an increase of $0.06 or 0.56% from the previous closing price. Opening at $10.54, they fluctuated from $10.40 and $10.72 throughout the day.

Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) currently has a market cap of 843.13M.

Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) Average Daily Trading Volume

646,478 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 70,339,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Express Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) now has a 50-day MA of $12.70 and 200-day MA of $13.58. It has traded in a 52-week range between $10.37 – 21.57 and today’s last price is 50.39%% lower than the 52 week high of $21.57.

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

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