ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, ABB Ltd. has a 52-week high of $22.78. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and ABB Ltd. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $20.90, a decrease compared to the opening price of $22.31. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

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 ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) shares last traded at $22.13, an increase of $0.15 from the previous closing price. Opening at $22.31, they fluctuated from $22.12 and $22.31 throughout the day.

ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) now has a market cap of 47.07B.

1,306,931 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 56 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 1,742,054,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders can make the best trades.

Trades for ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) have ranged from $15.74 – 22.78, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $21.96 and 200-day MA of $20.57. Today’s last price is 0.03% under the 52 week high of $22.78.

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 by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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