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

CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) shares rose on Monday Dec 5 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, the Dow Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Hold rating on shares of CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. Jefferies Group currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $52.07, higher than the opening price of $47.42, a difference of 10.99 percent. CGI Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $50.58. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) shares last traded at $47.38, a jump of $0.27 or 0.57% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $47.42, they ranged from $46.99 and $47.44 throughout the day.

CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) now has a market cap of 14.39B.

CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) Average Daily Trading Volume

15,410 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 237,914,000. Swing traders often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) have ranged from $36.04 – 50.58, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $47.59 and 200-day MA of $46.95. Today’s last price is 6.33%% lower than the 52 week high of $50.58.

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

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