Freightcar America Inc. (RAIL) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) shares fell back in value Wednesday Dec 28 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher towards the 20,000 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% rose 3.1 points to 19,949, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.39% lost 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,266 while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% slipped 6.4 points, or 0.1%, to 5,482.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Freightcar America Inc. has a 52-week high of $20.82. The one-year price target of $14.50 is less than the opening price of $15.37, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) opened at $15.37 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $15.35 and $15.44, and last traded at $15.39, a drop of $0.02 per share or -0.13% compared to the previous closing price.

Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) currently has a market cap of 190.59M.

Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,869 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 11,453,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

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

Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) 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 the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more impactful judgments on trades.

Trades for Zacks Investment Research (Freightcar America Inc.: NASDAQ) have ranged from $10.87 – 20.82, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $14.89 and 200-day MA of $14.24. Today’s last price is 26.08%% below the 52 week high of $20.82.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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