Autoliv, Inc. (ALV) Stock Price Target Moved to $114.00 at Jefferies Group LLC

Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) shares were down on Tuesday February 7 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Jefferies Group LLC from $120.00 to $114.00. With a rating of on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $126.31. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Autoliv, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $105.36, higher than the opening price of $104.16, a difference of 10.18 percent.

Yesterday Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) shares last traded at $103.50, which is a dip of $0.13 over the previous closing price. Opening at $104.16, they fluctuated from $103.27 and $104.16 throughout the day.

Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) now has a market cap of 9.13B.

Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) Average Daily Trading Volume

44,826 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 54 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 88,053,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV) now has a 50-day MA of $112.62 and 200-day MA of $105.90. It has traded in a 52-week range between $93.31 – 126.31 and today’s last price is 18.06%% lower than the 52 week high of $126.31.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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