Sequential Brands Group Inc. (SQBG) stock remains unchanged after upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) shares traded mostly even in value Thursday Dec 22 with lower 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 mostly flat on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% fell 15 points to 19,928, a drop of less than 0.1%. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.22% fell 1 point, or 0.05%, to 2,264. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.23% fell 1 point to 5,470.21, essentially unchanged on the day.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Sequential Brands Group Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $9.93, higher than the opening price of $5.00, a difference of 19.82 percent. Sequential Brands Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $9.14. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) opened at $5.00 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $4.91 and $5.01, and last traded at $5.01.

Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) now has a market cap of 309.97M.

Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 246,759 shares out of a total float 38,922,000 and some 4,459 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Sequential Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SQBG) have ranged from $4.10 – 9.14, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $5.26 and 200-day MA of $7.14. Today’s last price is 45.19%% under the 52 week high of $9.14.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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