The Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at SunTrust Banks Inc.

The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) shares rose in value Monday Dec 19 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, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Analysts at SunTrust Banks Inc. upgraded shares of The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, The Charles Schwab Corp. has a 52-week high of $39.96. The one-year price target of $39.89 is above the opening price of $39.01, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) shares last traded at $38.86, which represents a jump of $0.02 or 0.05% from the previous closing price. Opening at $39.01, they ranged from $38.67 and $39.06 throughout the day.

The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) currently has a market cap of 51.52B.

The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 9,358,350 shares out of a total float 1,180,643,000 and some 1,370,577 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, The Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW) now has a 50-day MA of $36.66 and 200-day MA of $31.34. It has traded in a 52-week range between $21.51 – 39.96 and today’s last price is 2.75%% lower than the 52 week high of $39.96.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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