Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Stifel Nicolaus

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) shares rose on Tuesday January 17 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $0.00 to $66.00. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $63.38. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Las Vegas Sands Corp. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $61.65, above the opening price of $55.09, a difference of 11.02 percent.

Shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) opened at $55.09 yesterday and traded in a range between, $55.07 and $55.95, and last traded at $55.93, a jump of $0.65 compared to the previous closing price.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) now has a market cap of 44.45B.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) Average Daily Trading Volume

456,221 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 14 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 320,303,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) now has a 50-day MA of $57.05 and 200-day MA of $54.66. It has traded in a 52-week range between $34.88 – 63.38 and today’s last price is 11.75%% lower than the 52 week high of $63.38.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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