Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reiterated by Susquehanna Analysts

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) 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.
Susquehanna analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Susquehanna currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Lululemon Athletica Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $68.00, above the opening price of $56.76. Lululemon Athletica Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $81.81. Usually, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) opened at $56.76 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $56.66 and $57.95, and last traded at $57.88, which represents a spike of $0.89 or 1.56% over the previous closing price.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) currently has a market cap of 7.93B.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,597,830 shares out of a total float 106,869,000 and some 152,980 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) now has a 50-day MA of $56.95 and 200-day MA of $67.47. It has traded in a 52-week range between $44.62 – 81.810 and today’s last price is 29.25%% lower than the 52 week high of $81.81.

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

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