At Home Group Inc (HOME) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) shares rose in value Wednesday Nov 30 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded shares of At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $17.02. The one-year price target of $16.76 is above the opening price of $13.20, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) shares last traded at $13.25, which is a jump of $0.57 or 4.46% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $13.20, they fluctuated from $13.06 and $13.57 throughout the day.

At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) now has a market cap of 799.55M.

At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 302,500 shares out of a total float 19,209,000 and some 82,876 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence—it allows for traders to make more impactful decisions on trades.

Trades for At Home Group Inc (NASDAQ: HOME) have ranged from $10.19 – 17.020, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $11.85 and 200-day MA of $13.38. Today’s last price is 22.18%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.02.

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

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