American Tower Corp (AMT) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) shares fell back in value Monday Nov 14 with heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile as investors continued to try and decipher policy proposals of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.11% rose 21.03 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 18,868.69, its third straight record close.
The blue-chip index had also touched a historic high of 18,934.05 during the session.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% fell 0.25 points to end at 2,164.20, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.36% dropped 18.72 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,218.40.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $118.26. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $131.82, above the opening price of $105.17, a difference of 12.85 percent. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) opened at $105.17 on Monday and traded in a range between, $100.41 and $105.43, and last traded at $102.57, which is a decrease of $3.14 per share or -2.97% from the previous closing price.

American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) now has a market cap of 43.66B.

American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) Average Daily Trading Volume

7,476,101 shares traded hands yesterday, above normal, out of a total float 425,040,000. Heavy volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of substantial expansions in trading volume and price growth can be determining components.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show 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.

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

American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) 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 activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, American Tower Corp (NYSE: AMT) now has a 50-day MA of $112.73 and 200-day MA of $111.51. It has traded in a 52-week range between $83.07 – 118.26 and today’s last price is 13.27%% lower than the 52 week high of $118.26.

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

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