Kroger Co. (KR) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reiterated by Argus Analysts

Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 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, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Analysts at Argus reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Kroger Co. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $35.91, above the opening price of $31.16, a difference of 11.07 percent. Kroger Co. stock has a 52-week high of $42.75. Typically, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) opened at $31.16 on Tuesday trading between $31.09 and $32.86, and last traded at $32.44, a spike of $0.14 or 0.43% from the previous closing price.

Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) currently has a market cap of 30.63B.

Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,219,880 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 938,451,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, a single day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So 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.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) now has a 50-day MA of $31.92 and 200-day MA of $33.33. It has traded in a 52-week range between $28.71 – 42.75 and today’s last price is 24.12%% lower than the 52 week high of $42.75.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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