TransAlta Corp. (TAC) stock remains unchanged after upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) shares traded mostly even in value Tuesday Dec 13 with lighter 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 DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $6.00 is higher than the opening price of $5.55, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, TransAlta Corp. stock has a high of $5.82. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) shares last traded at $5.60. Opening at $5.55, they varied from $5.53 and $5.62 throughout the day.

TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) currently has a market cap of 1.61B.

TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) Average Daily Trading Volume

7,265 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 287,217,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, TransAlta Corp. (NYSE: TAC) now has a 50-day MA of $4.66 and 200-day MA of $4.73. It has traded in a 52-week range between $2.54 – 5.82 and today’s last price is 3.86%% lower than the 52 week high of $5.82.

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

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