FedEx Co. (NYSE: FDX) Price Target moved up at Stifel Nicolaus

FedEx Co. (NYSE: FDX) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $179.00 to $186.00. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, 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 $182.53, higher than the opening price of $170.61, a difference of 10.50 percent. FedEx Co. stock has a 52-week high of $174.32.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday FedEx Co. (NYSE: FDX) shares last traded at $173.86, a spike of $11.21 from the previous closing price. Opening at $170.61, they fluctuated from $170.61 and $174.32 throughout the day.

FedEx Co. (NYSE: FDX) currently has a market cap of 46.16B.

5,309,958 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, above the average, out of a total float 245,068,000. Large gains in trading volume and price growth together could mean excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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 instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, FedEx Co. (NYSE: FDX) now has a 50-day MA of $164.57 and 200-day MA of $161.19. It has traded in a 52-week range between $119.71 – 174.32 and today’s last price is 0.00% lower than the 52 week high of $174.32.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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