Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase by Analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares rose on in early trade Wednesday with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Royal Bank Of Canada from $39.00 to $45.00. The company currently has a rating of Sector Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $43.64 is above the opening price of $42.30, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Yahoo Inc. stock has a high of $44.92.

U.S. stocks mostly climbed on Wednesday as crude-oil prices traded above $51 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.18% gained 33 points, or 0.2% at 18,195, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% advanced 2 points, or less than 0.1%, at 2,141, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.08% traded little-changed at 5,240.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed stronger-than-expected quarterly results from a host of companies

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.62% finished up 13.10 points, or 0.6%, at 2,139.60, with all 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42% rose 75.54 points, or 0.4%, to close at 18,161.94.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.85% added 44.01 points, or 0.9%, to close at 5,243.84.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares last traded at $42.75, which is an increase of $1.07 or 2.57% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $42.30, they varied from $42.26 and $42.94 throughout the day.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) now has a market cap of 40.69B.

Yahoo Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 11,370,500 shares out of a total float 807,635,000 and some 2,999,715 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Yahoo Inc. 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) now has a 50-day MA of $43.14 and 200-day MA of $39.30. It has traded in a 52-week range between $26.15 – 44.92 and today’s last price is 4.83%% lower than the 52 week high of $44.92.

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

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