Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) shares rose on Monday Dec 5 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, the Dow Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $127.61. The one-year price target of $124.20 is lower than the opening price of $125.74, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) shares last traded at $125.95, a jump of $0.75 or 0.60% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $125.74, they ranged from $125.46 and $126.37 throughout the day.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) currently has a market cap of 44.21B.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,679,790 shares out of a total float 350,478,000 and some 150,441 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal. Investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

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

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

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) 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.

Trades for Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) have ranged from $79.15 – 127.61, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $118.97 and 200-day MA of $114.40. Today’s last price is 1.30%% under the 52 week high of $127.61.

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 at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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