Caleres Inc. (CAL) stock trades up, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 23 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Caleres Inc. has a 52-week high of $31.75. The one-year price target of $30.00 is $30.00, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) opened at $30.00 on Tuesday trading between $29.75 and $31.72, and last traded at $31.50, which is an increase of $3.05 or 10.72% over the previous closing price.

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) currently has a market cap of 1.35B.

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 314,678 shares out of a total float 41,251,000 and some 221,570 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These professional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) 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.

Traders can make more impactful decisions on trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) now has a 50-day MA of $26.00 and 200-day MA of $25.12. It has traded in a 52-week range between $21.27 – 31.75 and today’s last price is 0.79%% lower than the 52 week high of $31.75.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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