FirstService Corp. (NASDAQ: FSV) Stock Coverage Initiated at Royal Bank Of Canada

Analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on FirstService Corp. (NASDAQ: FSV) stock, starting the company at Outperform.With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $53.15. The one-year price target of $45.82 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $46.88, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Changes in price targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday FirstService Corp. (NASDAQ: FSV) shares last traded at $46.93, an increase of $0.97 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $46.88, they varied from $45.19 and $47.25 throughout the day.

FirstService Corp. (NASDAQ: FSV) now has a market cap of 1.69B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 24,248 shares out of a total float 28,938,000 and some 24,394 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 23 percent above the norm. Large gains in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal considerable volume accumulation by institutional investors.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

By marking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders are able to make make smarter trades.

With that in mind, FirstService Corp. (NASDAQ: FSV) now has a 50-day MA of $49.39 and 200-day MA of $45.40. It has traded in a 52-week range between $31.37 – 53.15 and today’s last price is 0.12% lower than the 52 week high of $53.15.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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