Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $127.28. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and Toyota Motor Corp has secured a consensus one-year price target of $121.76, above the opening price of $116.80. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Yesterday Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) shares last traded at $116.46, which represents an increase of $1.39 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $116.80, they varied from $116.32 and $117.01 throughout the day.

Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) now has a market cap of 175.35B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 420,864 shares out of a total float 1,171,354,000 and some 195,433 shares traded hands yesterday, 109 percent lower than normal. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) have ranged from $97.80 – 127.28, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $118.17 and 200-day MA of $107.92. Today’s last price is 0.09% lower than the 52 week high of $127.28.

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

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