LKQ Corp. (LKQ) stock coverage initiated with “Buy” in note to investors by Stifel Nicolaus

LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 29 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) stock, rating the company at Buy. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $39.60 is higher than the opening price of $33.39, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, LKQ Corp. stock has a high of $36.35. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,. Price changes targets are not unusual.

Shares of LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) opened at $33.39 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $33.26 and $33.59, and last traded at $33.26, which is a decrease of $0.01 per share or -0.03% over the previous closing price.

LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) now has a market cap of 10.23B.

LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) Average Daily Trading Volume

134,409 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 304,386,000. Investors often use swings in trading volume to identify substantial volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, LKQ Corp. (NASDAQ: LKQ) now has a 50-day MA of $32.62 and 200-day MA of $33.54. It has traded in a 52-week range between $23.95 – 36.35 and today’s last price is 8.50%% lower than the 52 week high of $36.35.

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

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