Wesco International Inc. (WCC) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Stephens

Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) 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 Stephens upgraded shares of Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) from Equal Weight to Overweight today. The company currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $61.08, a decrease compared to the opening price of $65.15, a difference of 9.46 percent. Wesco International Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $65.45. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) shares last traded at $64.55, which is a jump of $0.70 or 1.10% over the previous closing price. Opening at $65.15, they fluctuated from $64.35 and $65.45 throughout the day.

Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) now has a market cap of 3.13B.

Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) Average Daily Trading Volume

162,499 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 48,220,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, a single day of significant buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) 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 are able to make make more impactful judgments on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Wesco International Inc. (NYSE: WCC) have ranged from $34.00 – 65.45, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $59.11 and 200-day MA of $57.50. Today’s last price is 1.38%% under the 52 week high of $65.45.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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