CalAtlantic Group Inc. (CAA) stock starts with “Buy” rating in note to investors by Evercore ISI

CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) shares rose on Monday Nov 14 with heavier trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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 Evercore ISI initiated coverage on CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) stock, rating the company at Buy. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $40.33, higher than the opening price of $31.49. CalAtlantic Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $43.24. Changes in price targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will re periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) shares last traded at $32.07, an increase of $0.81 or 2.59% over the previous closing price. Opening at $31.49, they varied from $31.43 and $32.16 throughout the day.

CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) currently has a market cap of 3.72B.

CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,415,170 shares out of a total float 65,862,000 and some 1,682,797 shares traded hands yesterday, higher than normal. Considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors may be on the horizon as the combination of large expansions in trading volume and price appreciation can be determining components.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship just 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 investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) 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 following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make the best trades.

Trades for CalAtlantic Group Inc. (NYSE: CAA) have ranged from $26.97 – 43.24, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $32.35 and 200-day MA of $35.26. Today’s last price is 25.83%% lower than the 52 week high of $43.24.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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