Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) stock starts with “Neutral” rating in note to investors by Credit Suisse Group AG

Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) shares rose on Monday Dec 5 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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 Credit Suisse Group AG initiated coverage on Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) stock, rating the company at Neutral. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $52.68 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $54.72, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Kohl’s Corp. stock has a high of $57.27. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates after initiating coverage,. Price changes targets are not unusual.

Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) shares last traded at $55.97, a spike of $1.25 or 2.28% over the previous closing price. Opening at $54.72, they varied from $54.42 and $55.97 throughout the day.

Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) currently has a market cap of 9.91B.

Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) Average Daily Trading Volume

332,587 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 175,753,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive signal 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 instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) 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.

With that in mind, Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) now has a 50-day MA of $48.53 and 200-day MA of $42.49. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.87 – 57.27 and today’s last price is 2.27%% lower than the 52 week high of $57.27.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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