Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (ISLE) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) shares rose in value on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $22.00, less than the opening price of $23.89, a difference of 9.14 percent. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $25.05. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) shares last traded at $24.06, which represents a spike of $0.22 from the previous closing price. Opening at $23.89, they ranged from $23.89 and $24.06 throughout the day.

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) now has a market cap of 995.03M.

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,181 shares traded hands yesterday, 90 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 21,870,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased 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 signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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 teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) 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 effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) now has a 50-day MA of $24.21 and 200-day MA of $21.47. It has traded in a 52-week range between $10.62 – 25.05 and today’s last price is 3.95%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.05.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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