Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM) stock trades up, “Neutral” rating reiterated by Wedbush Analysts

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) had its Neutral rating reiterated by equities researchers at Wedbush in a research note to investors. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $64.57. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Williams-Sonoma Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $54.47, a decrease compared to the opening price of $54.64. Typically, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) shares last traded at $55.07, which is a jump of $0.38 or 0.69% over the previous closing price. Opening at $54.64, they varied from $54.64 and $55.52 throughout the day.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) now has a market cap of 4.85B.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,633,880 shares out of a total float 73,846,000 and some 97,519 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

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

Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE: WSM) have ranged from $45.96 – 64.57, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $49.41 and 200-day MA of $51.45. Today’s last price is 14.71%% under the 52 week high of $64.57.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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