KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE: KS) Upgraded at BMO Capital Markets

Analysts at BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE: KS) from Market Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $24.91. The one-year price target of $20.00 is above the opening price of $19.21, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE: KS) opened at $19.21 yesterday and traded in a range between, $18.89 and $19.50, and last traded at $19.20, which is a jump of $0.95 compared to the previous closing price.

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE: KS) now has a market cap of 1.85B.

2,982,907 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, above normal, out of a total float 82,813,000. Large increases in trading volume and price inflation together could signal excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE: KS) have ranged from $8.95 – 24.91, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $16.72 and 200-day MA of $14.82. Today’s last price is 0.23% under the 52 week high of $24.91.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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