Berry Plastics Group Inc. (BERY) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) shares rose in value Friday Dec 2 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, U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% fell 23 points, or 0.1%, to 19,169, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.09% lost 1.2 point to 2,190, a move of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.15% fell 5.3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,247.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $55.38 is higher than the opening price of $48.20, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Berry Plastics Group Inc. stock has a high of $50.88. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) opened at $48.20 on Tuesday trading between $48.09 and $48.76, and last traded at $48.49, which is a jump of $0.19 or 0.39% compared to the previous closing price.

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) currently has a market cap of 5.90B.

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,590,790 shares out of a total float 121,146,000 and some 67,400 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) now has a 50-day MA of $45.30 and 200-day MA of $42.35. It has traded in a 52-week range between $27.79 – 50.88 and today’s last price is 4.70%% lower than the 52 week high of $50.88.

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

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