Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) shares fell back in value Thursday Dec 15 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Investors Real Estate Trust has a 52-week high of $7.53. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $6.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $6.68, a difference of 9.88 percent. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) shares last traded at $6.58, which represents a decrease of $0.13 per share or -1.94% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $6.68, they ranged from $6.50 and $6.68 throughout the day.

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) now has a market cap of 799.67M.

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 663,764 shares out of a total float 119,584,000 and some 197,994 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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.

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

Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) 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 winning trades.

Trades for Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE: IRET) have ranged from $5.60 – 7.53, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $6.35 and 200-day MA of $6.31. Today’s last price is 12.62%% under the 52 week high of $7.53.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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