Great Plains Energy Incorporated (GXP) stock down after upgrade at Bank of America Corp.

Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) shares slid back in value in early trading today on lower 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 Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) from Neutral to Buy today. Bank of America Corp. currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $30.86 is higher than the opening price of $27.62, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Great Plains Energy Incorporated stock has a high of $32.74. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

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 Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) opened at $27.62 yesterday and traded in a range between, $27.14 and $27.62, and last traded at $27.25, which is a dip of $0.04 per share or -0.00 from the previous closing price.

Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) now has a market cap of 4.21B.

Great Plains Energy IncorporatedTrading Volume

1,266,787 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 153,771,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

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

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

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Great Plains Energy Incorporated 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) have ranged from $25.44 – 32.740, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $27.54 and 200-day MA of $29.83. Today’s last price is 0.17% under the 52 week high of $32.74.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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