Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (RAVE) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with lighter 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 Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $7.74. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Rave Restaurant Group Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $2.50, higher than the opening price of $2.29. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) opened at $2.29 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $2.29 and $2.29, and last traded at $2.29, which represents an increase of $0.07 or 3.20% over the previous closing price.

Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) now has a market cap of 24.40M.

Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) Average Daily Trading Volume

454 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 8,309,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

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

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

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) 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 how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Rave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) have ranged from $1.66 – 7.74, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $2.52 and 200-day MA of $3.55. Today’s last price is 70.41%% lower than the 52 week high of $7.74.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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