Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP) stock slides, “Sell” rating reiterated by BTIG Research Analysts

Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) shares fell on in early trade Wednesday 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.

BTIG Research analysts reiterated its Sell rating on Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Sell on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $201.24. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $161.78, higher than the opening price of $142.06. Usually, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic updates, often followed by a price target change.

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.

Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) shares last traded at $141.13, a decrease of $1.87 per share or -1.30% from the previous closing price. Opening at $142.06, they varied from $138.02 and $142.06 throughout the day.

Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) currently has a market cap of 10.38B.

Advance Auto Parts Inc.Trading Volume

451,729 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 65,518,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate 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.

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

Advance Auto Parts 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.

Traders are able to make make smarter trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) now has a 50-day MA of $150.41 and 200-day MA of $156.17. It has traded in a 52-week range between $131.59 – 201.240 and today’s last price is 29.87%% lower than the 52 week high of $201.24.

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

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