Seabridge Gold Inc. (SA) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 1 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, 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.
Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $15.88. The one-year price target of $18.75 is higher than the opening price of $9.25, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) opened at $9.25 on Tuesday trading between $9.15 and $9.40, and last traded at $9.35, which represents an increase of $0.05 or 0.54% over the previous closing price.

Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) now has a market cap of 506.63M.

Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 723,412 shares out of a total float 44,420,000 and some 86,214 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

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

Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) 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 judgments on trades.

Trades for Seabridge Gold Inc. (NYSE: SA) have ranged from $5.46 – 15.88, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $10.41 and 200-day MA of $12.15. Today’s last price is 41.12%% lower than the 52 week high of $15.88.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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