Seaspan Corp. (SSW) stock starts with “Neutral” rating in note to investors by Janney Montgomery Scott

Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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 Janney Montgomery Scott initiated coverage on Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) stock, starting the company at Neutral. With a rating of Neutral on the stock, Seaspan Corp. has a 52-week high of $20.00. The one-year price target of $12.44 is above the opening price of $9.00, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Price changes targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Shares of Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) opened at $9.00 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $8.95 and $9.10, and last traded at $9.02, which is a jump of $0.05 or 0.56% over the previous closing price.

Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) currently has a market cap of 949.78M.

Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 585,742 shares out of a total float 45,154,000 and some 73,841 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

Institutional sponsorship just 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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) 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.

Traders can make more effective judgments on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Seaspan Corp. (NYSE: SSW) now has a 50-day MA of $11.14 and 200-day MA of $13.71. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.08 – 20.00 and today’s last price is 54.90%% lower than the 52 week high of $20.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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