Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) Rating Reiterated at FBR & Co

FBR & Co analysts reiterated its Market Perform rating on Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, Ascena Retail Group Inc. has a 52-week high of $14.76. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Ascena Retail Group Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $11.67, above the opening price of $6.10. Typically, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue periodic updates, usually followed by a price target change.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Yesterday Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) shares last traded at $5.69, a dip of $2.43 from the previous closing price. Opening at $6.10, they varied from $5.66 and $6.15 throughout the day.

Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) now has a market cap of 1.09B.

28,162,253 shares traded hands yesterday, 25 percent above the average, out of a total float 134,815,000. Large expansions in trading volume and price growth together could signal excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

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

Trades for Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) have ranged from $5.66 – 14.76, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.96 and 200-day MA of $8.31. Today’s last price is 0.61% below the 52 week high of $14.76.

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

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