Oxford Industries Inc. (OXM) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Oxford Industries Inc. has a 52-week high of $77.99. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Oxford Industries Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $78.75, higher than the opening price of $75.56. Typically, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) opened at $75.56 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $75.21 and $75.87, and last traded at $75.21, which represents a spike of $0.11 or 0.15% from the previous closing price.

Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) now has a market cap of 1.26B.

Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,682 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 14,986,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE: OXM) have ranged from $52.54 – 77.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $66.88 and 200-day MA of $63.26. Today’s last price is 3.56%% below the 52 week high of $77.99.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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