Flowers Foods Inc. (FLO) Stock Up After Upgrade at KeyCorp

Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at KeyCorp upgraded shares of Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) from Sector Weight to Overweight today. KeyCorp currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. 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 $18.38, a decrease compared to the opening price of $19.48, a difference of 9.31 percent. Flowers Foods Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $22.75. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) shares last traded at $19.75, which is a jump of $0.74 or 3.89% from the previous closing price. Opening at $19.48, they ranged from $19.31 and $19.78 throughout the day.

Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) currently has a market cap of 4.10B.

Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,559,050 shares out of a total float 181,599,000 and some 428,041 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) now has a 50-day MA of $16.13 and 200-day MA of $16.58. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.35 – 22.75 and today’s last price is 13.19%% lower than the 52 week high of $22.75.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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