Realogy Holdings Corp. (RLGY) Stock Up After Upgrade at Wedbush

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) shares rose in value Monday Dec 19 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Analysts at Wedbush upgraded shares of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) from Neutral to Outperform today. Wedbush currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. The one-year price target of $31.73 is above the opening price of $26.05, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Realogy Holdings Corp. stock has a high of $38.06. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) opened at $26.05 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $26.04 and $26.98, and last traded at $26.79, which represents an increase of $1.18 or 4.61% compared to the previous closing price.

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) now has a market cap of 3.82B.

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,696,120 shares out of a total float 141,892,000 and some 171,455 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) 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 winning trades.

Trades for Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) have ranged from $21.43 – 38.06, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.16 and 200-day MA of $26.98. Today’s last price is 29.60%% under the 52 week high of $38.06.

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

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