Toro Co. (TTC) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Toro Co. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $53.25, a decrease compared to the opening price of $55.08, a difference of 9.66 percent. Toro Co. stock has a 52-week high of $58.26. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) shares last traded at $55.15, which is an increase of $0.02 or 0.04% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $55.08, they ranged from $54.78 and $55.30 throughout the day.

Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) now has a market cap of 6.04B.

Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 645,677 shares out of a total float 106,787,000 and some 46,942 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) 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 useful judgments on trades.

Trades for Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) have ranged from $32.35 – 58.26, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $51.55 and 200-day MA of $47.50. Today’s last price is 5.34%% lower than the 52 week high of $58.26.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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