SkyWest Inc. (SKYW) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Cowen and Company

SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) shares rose on Thursday Dec 15 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Cowen and Company from $34.00 to $40.00. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, SkyWest Inc. has a 52-week high of $38.95. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and SkyWest Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $39.00, above the opening price of $36.65.

Shares of SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) opened at $36.65 on Tuesday trading between $36.50 and $38.05, and last traded at $38.05, which is a spike of $1.40 or 3.82% from the previous closing price.

SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) currently has a market cap of 1.97B.

SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) Average Daily Trading Volume

73,436 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 50,275,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for SkyWest Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) have ranged from $13.23 – 38.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $34.28 and 200-day MA of $29.04. Today’s last price is 2.31%% under the 52 week high of $38.95.

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

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