Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD) stock coverage started with “Buy” in note to investors by Aegis

Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) shares rose on Monday February 13 on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Analysts at Aegis initiated coverage on Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) stock, rating the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Boyd Gaming Corporation has a 52-week high of $21.58. The one-year price target of $22.86 is higher than the opening price of $21.09, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Price changes targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Yesterday Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) shares last traded at $21.03, which represents a spike of $0.17 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $21.09, they ranged from $20.93 and $21.21 throughout the day.

Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) currently has a market cap of 2.37B.

Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) Average Daily Trading Volume

56,297 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 86 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 79,215,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

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

Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) 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 affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) now has a 50-day MA of $20.24 and 200-day MA of $19.49. It has traded in a 52-week range between $15.28 – 21.58 and today’s last price is 2.53%% lower than the 52 week high of $21.58.

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

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