Shake Shack, Inc. (SHAK) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) shares rose in value on Tuesday February 14 on 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 slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Shake Shack, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $39.50, above the opening price of $36.09. Shake Shack, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $43.99. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) shares last traded at $36.21, a jump of $0.06 from the previous closing price. Opening at $36.09, they varied from $35.82 and $36.28 throughout the day.

Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) now has a market cap of 902.39M.

Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) Average Daily Trading Volume

21,265 shares traded hands yesterday, 109 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 17,882,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Shake Shack, Inc. (NYSE: SHAK) have ranged from $30.90 – 43.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $35.66 and 200-day MA of $35.62. Today’s last price is 17.69%% lower than the 52 week high of $43.99.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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