Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) Stock Rating Reiterated at Bank of America Corp.

Bank of America Corp. analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street.Bank of America Corp. currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $30.43 is higher than the opening price of $23.98, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Steel Dynamics Inc. stock has a high of $28.01. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly 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 Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) shares last traded at $24.12, which represents a dip of $0.18 from the previous closing price. Opening at $23.98, they varied from $23.35 and $24.24 throughout the day.

Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) now has a market cap of 5.88B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,083,150 shares out of a total float 233,764,000 and some 1,834,545 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 0 percent lower than the average. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

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

Trades for Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) have ranged from $15.32 – 28.01, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $25.06 and 200-day MA of $24.52. Today’s last price is 0.14% under the 52 week high of $28.01.

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

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