General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) Stock Rating Reiterated at Consumer Edge

General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) had its Underperform rating reiterated by equities researchers at Consumer Edge in a research note to investors.Consumer Edge currently has a rating of Underperform on the shares. The one-year price target of $68.75 is higher than the opening price of $65.20, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, General Mills Inc. stock has a high of $72.95. Stock prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate 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 index 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

Shares of General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) opened at $65.20 yesterday and traded in a range between, $64.92 and $65.40, and last traded at $65.06, a drop of $0.15 from the previous closing price.

General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) now has a market cap of 38.84B.

535,146 shares traded hands yesterday, 96 percent below the average, out of a total float 595,629,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) now has a 50-day MA of $69.64 and 200-day MA of $66.03. It has traded in a 52-week range between $53.53 – 72.95 and today’s last price is 0.11% lower than the 52 week high of $72.95.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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