NorthWestern Corp. (NWE) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with 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 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $56.75 is less than the opening price of $58.58, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, NorthWestern Corp. stock has a high of $63.75. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) opened at $58.58 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $58.58 and $59.06, and last traded at $58.88, which is an increase of $0.10 or 0.16% compared to the previous closing price.

NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) now has a market cap of 2.85B.

NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 394,236 shares out of a total float 48,026,000 and some 26,818 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate 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 retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) 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.

Traders can make educated trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for NorthWestern Corp. (NYSE: NWE) have ranged from $51.95 – 63.750, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $56.21 and 200-day MA of $58.54. Today’s last price is 7.65%% below the 52 week high of $63.75.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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