Kirby Corp. (NYSE: KEX) Stock Upgraded at Royal Bank Of Canada

Analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada upgraded shares of Kirby Corp. (NYSE: KEX) from Sector Perform to Outperform today.With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $73.25. The one-year price target of $57.78 is less than the opening price of $58.17, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Typically, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic updates, such as a price target change.

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

Yesterday Kirby Corp. (NYSE: KEX) shares last traded at $58.06, a jump of $1.06 over the previous closing price. Opening at $58.17, they varied from $58.00 and $59.00 throughout the day.

Kirby Corp. (NYSE: KEX) currently has a market cap of 3.13B.

293,821 shares traded hands yesterday, 97 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 52,467,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more impactful judgments on trades.

With that in mind, Kirby Corp. (NYSE: KEX) now has a 50-day MA of $54.45 and 200-day MA of $61.40. It has traded in a 52-week range between $44.63 – 73.25 and today’s last price is 0.21% lower than the 52 week high of $73.25.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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