The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) stock trades up, “Outperform” rating reaffirmed by Royal Bank Of Canada Analysts

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) shares rose on Friday Dec 2 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% fell 23 points, or 0.1%, to 19,169, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.09% lost 1.2 point to 2,190, a move of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.15% fell 5.3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,247.

Royal Bank Of Canada analysts reiterated its Outperform rating on The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, The Toronto-Dominion Bank has a 52-week high of $48.04. The one-year price target of $48.21 is above the opening price of $47.57, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue periodic updates, usually followed by a price target change.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) shares last traded at $47.46, a spike of $0.10 or 0.21% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $47.57, they fluctuated from $47.35 and $47.63 throughout the day.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) currently has a market cap of 88.03B.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) Average Daily Trading Volume

177,560 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 1,800,862,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) now has a 50-day MA of $45.83 and 200-day MA of $44.30. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.49 – 48.04 and today’s last price is 1.21%% lower than the 52 week high of $48.04.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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