Johnson Outdoors Inc. (JOUT) Stock Price Target Moved to $44.00 at Imperial Capital

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) shares rose on Wednesday Dec 14 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Imperial Capital from $40.00 to $44.00. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Johnson Outdoors Inc. has a 52-week high of $45.35. The one-year price target of $40.00 is above the opening price of $38.14, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days.

Shares of Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) opened at $38.14 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $38.10 and $38.80, and last traded at $38.80, a spike of $0.79 or 2.08% over the previous closing price.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) currently has a market cap of 381.21M.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 37,002 shares out of a total float 6,986,000 and some 11,950 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While an increase in 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 cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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 researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) 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, Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ: JOUT) now has a 50-day MA of $39.38 and 200-day MA of $32.86. It has traded in a 52-week range between $18.33 – 45.35 and today’s last price is 14.44%% lower than the 52 week high of $45.35.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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