Hyatt Hotels Corp. (H) Stock Up After Upgrade at Bank of America Corp.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lighter 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 Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $57.92. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $53.44, a decrease compared to the opening price of $57.76, a difference of 9.26 percent. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) shares last traded at $57.71, a spike of $0.68 or 1.19% from the previous closing price. Opening at $57.76, they fluctuated from $57.28 and $57.90 throughout the day.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) now has a market cap of 7.55B.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 588,677 shares out of a total float 37,366,000 and some 50,337 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) 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 influence—it allows for traders to make more effective judgments on trades.

Trades for Hyatt Hotels Corp. (NYSE: H) have ranged from $34.06 – 57.92, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $53.10 and 200-day MA of $51.16. Today’s last price is 0.36%% under the 52 week high of $57.92.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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