El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LOCO) Stock Upgraded to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LOCO) from Sell to Hold on Tuesday, September 13. A number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $15.80 , higher than the opening price of $13.55. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

U.S. stocks finished higher on Monday as investor fears for an interest rate hike subsided after Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard urged caution about removing monetary stimulus too quickly.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.32% surged 239.62 points, or 1.3%, to close at 18,325.07, after jumping as high as 273 points.

The S&P 500 SPX, +1.47% rose 31.23 points, or 1.5%, to finish at 2,159.04, with all sectors closing in positive territory.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.68% finished up 85.98 points, or 1.7%, at 5,211.89, propelled by a rally in biotechnology shares

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LOCO) opened at $13.55 and traded in a range between, $12.95 and $13.60 on Friday, and last traded at $12.96, which represents a change of $ -0.74 over the previous closing price. El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc.has a 52-week high of $15.44

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LOCO) currently has a market cap of 497.91M

The stocks average daily volume is 428,198 shares out of a total float 21,629,000 of and some 262,814 shares traded hands yesterday, 86 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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 research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LOCO) now has a 50-day MA is $13.55 and 200-day MA is $12.96, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $9.58 – 15.44 and the last closing price is -0.16 percent off the 52 week high.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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