TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) Stock Price Target Moved to $38.00 at Jefferies Group

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) shares rose on Monday Nov 21 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

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.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Jefferies Group from $0.00 to $38.00. With a rating of Hold on the shares, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. has a 52-week high of $39.95. The one-year price target of $38.31 is lower than the opening price of $39.83, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) shares last traded at $39.90, an increase of $0.29 or 0.73% over the previous closing price. Opening at $39.83, they varied from $39.66 and $39.95 throughout the day.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) now has a market cap of 20.99B.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) Average Daily Trading Volume

228,482 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 240,497,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive indicator 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 have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) 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 well planned trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD) now has a 50-day MA of $35.60 and 200-day MA of $31.90. It has traded in a 52-week range between $24.88 – 39.95 and today’s last price is 0.13%% lower than the 52 week high of $39.95.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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