Ross Stores Inc. (ROST) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) shares slid back in value Monday Nov 21 with slower 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) from Sell 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 company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $66.52, a decrease compared to the opening price of $68.02, a difference of 9.79 percent. Ross Stores Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $68.84. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) shares last traded at $67.94, a drop of $0.06 per share or -0.09% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $68.02, they ranged from $67.60 and $68.11 throughout the day.

Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) now has a market cap of 26.94B.

Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) Average Daily Trading Volume

549,235 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 388,104,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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 retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) 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.

Traders can make more effective choices on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) have ranged from $49.06 – 68.84, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $63.60 and 200-day MA of $59.95. Today’s last price is 1.31%% under the 52 week high of $68.84.

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

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