Expedia, Inc. (EXPE) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Credit Suisse Group Analysts

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Credit Suisse Group in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $140.97, higher than the opening price of $122.50, a difference of 11.54 percent. Expedia, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $133.55. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares last traded at $122.21, a spike of $0.16 over the previous closing price. Opening at $122.50, they fluctuated from $121.75 and $122.64 throughout the day.

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) currently has a market cap of 18.34B.

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) Average Daily Trading Volume

127,353 shares traded hands yesterday, 48 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 120,094,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) 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.

Trades for Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) have ranged from $89.24 – 133.55, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $117.76 and 200-day MA of $118.29. Today’s last price is 8.49%% lower than the 52 week high of $133.55.

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

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