Analysts at Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on EastGroup Properties Inc. (NYSE: EGP) stock, starting the company at Underweight and a price target of $65.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $68.58, lower than the opening price of $74.45. EastGroup Properties Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $75.70.
U.S. stocks finished August with its second consecutive day of losses, albeit moderately. Volume for the day was less than stellar as traders readied themselves for a long holiday weekend.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53 points, or 0.29 percent, to 18,401.
The S&P 500 shed a little more than 5 points, or 0.24 percent, to close at 2,171.
The Nasdaq lost 10 points, or 0.19 percent, to finish at 5,213.
Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.
Shares of EastGroup Properties Inc. (NYSE: EGP) opened at $74.45 and traded in a range between, $73.27 and $75.38 yesterday, and last traded at $74.82, which represents a change of $ 0.14 over the previous closing price.
EastGroup Properties Inc. (NYSE: EGP) now has a market cap of 2.45B
The stocks average daily volume is 183,592 shares out of a total float 31,582,000 of and some 115,099 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 94 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.
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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.
These instituitional investors have 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 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 EastGroup Properties Inc. (NYSE: EGP) now has a 50-day MA is $72.69 and 200-day MA is $64.87, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $49.31 – 75.70 and today’s last price is -1.16 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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