Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase by Analysts at RBC Capital Markets

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) shares rose on in early trade Wednesday with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) had its price target increased by equities researchers at RBC Capital Markets from $43.00 to $46.00. With a rating of Underperform on the stock, Harley-Davidson Inc. has a 52-week high of $57.33. The one-year price target of $52.67 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $54.43, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days.

U.S. stocks mostly climbed on Wednesday as crude-oil prices traded above $51 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.18% gained 33 points, or 0.2% at 18,195, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% advanced 2 points, or less than 0.1%, at 2,141, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.08% traded little-changed at 5,240.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed stronger-than-expected quarterly results from a host of companies

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.62% finished up 13.10 points, or 0.6%, at 2,139.60, with all 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42% rose 75.54 points, or 0.4%, to close at 18,161.94.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.85% added 44.01 points, or 0.9%, to close at 5,243.84.

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) shares last traded at $54.82, which is a jump of $0.63 or 1.16% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $54.43, they ranged from $54.43 and $54.85 throughout the day.

Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) now has a market cap of 9.90B.

Harley-Davidson Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,348,240 shares out of a total float 179,797,000 and some 424,569 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Harley-Davidson Inc. 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 following the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful choices on trades.

With that in mind, Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) now has a 50-day MA of $51.58 and 200-day MA of $49.01. It has traded in a 52-week range between $36.36 – 57.33 and today’s last price is 4.38%% lower than the 52 week high of $57.33.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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