Freightcar America Inc. (RAIL) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 22 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Freightcar America Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $14.50, lower than the opening price of $14.79, a difference of 9.78 percent. Freightcar America Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $24.95. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) shares last traded at $14.83, which represents a jump of $0.11 or 0.75% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $14.79, they fluctuated from $14.75 and $14.90 throughout the day.

Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) now has a market cap of 183.65M.

Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 142,955 shares out of a total float 11,453,000 and some 23,986 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of high volume 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 substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Freightcar America Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) have ranged from $10.87 – 24.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $13.63 and 200-day MA of $14.08. Today’s last price is 40.56%% below the 52 week high of $24.95.

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

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