Analysts at Barclays PLC initiated coverage on Connecticut Water Service Inc. (NASDAQ: CTWS) stock, rating the company at Equal Weight with a price target of $52.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $49.50, $46.40. Connecticut Water Service Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $56.62.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.
Meanwhile U.S stocks were up on Tuesday after the long holiday weekend, with the NASDAQ establishing a new record closing high
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.25% finished up 46.16 points, or 0.3%, at 18,538.12.
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.30% rose 6.50 points, or 0.3%, to close at 2,186.48.
Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COM P, +0.50% rose 26.01 points, or 0.5% to a new closing high of 5,275.91.
The Russell 2000 index RUT, +0.12% briefly touched a 52-week high of 1,254.41 Tuesday, and closed up fractionally just above 1,253.
Usually, after analysts publish an “initiating coverage” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates.
Shares of Connecticut Water Service Inc. (NASDAQ: CTWS) opened at $46.40 and traded in a range between, $46.01 and $47.24 yesterday, and last traded at $46.73, which represents a change of $ 0.33 over the previous closing price.
Connecticut Water Service Inc. (NASDAQ: CTWS) now has a market cap of 524.82M
The stocks average daily volume is 51,539 shares out of a total float 10,995,000 of and some 90,282 shares traded hands yesterday, 121 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.
However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.
Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.
These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.
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 Connecticut Water Service Inc. (NASDAQ: CTWS) now has a 50-day MA is $49.90 and 200-day MA is $48.20, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $34.12 – 56.62 and today’s last price is -17.47 percent off the 52 week high.
Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying 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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