Fossil Group Inc. (FOSL) Stock Up After Upgrade at Piper Jaffray Cos.

Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) shares rose in value Monday Nov 21 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, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at Piper Jaffray Cos. upgraded shares of Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) from Underweight to Neutral today. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $25.73 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $35.26, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Fossil Group Inc. stock has a high of $51.93. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) opened at $35.26 on Monday and traded in a range between, $35.14 and $36.08, and last traded at $35.65, which represents an increase of $1.32 or 3.85% from the previous closing price.

Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) now has a market cap of 1.72B.

Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) Average Daily Trading Volume

153,808 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 40,990,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful judgments on trades.

Trades for Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) have ranged from $23.10 – 51.93, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $28.94 and 200-day MA of $29.50. Today’s last price is 31.35%% under the 52 week high of $51.93.

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

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