Republic Services, Inc. (RSG) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Stifel Nicolaus

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) shares rose on Monday February 13 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $60.00 to $64.00. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Republic Services, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $57.33, a decrease compared to the opening price of $58.08. Republic Services, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $58.35.

Yesterday Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) shares last traded at $58.20, which represents a spike of $0.24 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $58.08, they varied from $58.08 and $58.29 throughout the day.

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) now has a market cap of 19.79B.

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,218,770 shares out of a total float 230,691,000 and some 96,833 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 32 percent below the average. 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) 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, Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) now has a 50-day MA of $57.29 and 200-day MA of $53.42. It has traded in a 52-week range between $43.30 – 58.35 and today’s last price is 0.26%% lower than the 52 week high of $58.35.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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