Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD) Stock Coverage Initiated at Argus

Analysts at Argus initiated coverage on Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD) stock, rating the company at Hold.With a rating of Hold on the stock, Vodafone Group Plc has a 52-week high of $34.70. The one-year price target of $38.15 is above the opening price of $29.50, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Price changes targets are not unusual.

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 gauge 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

Shares of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD) opened at $29.50 yesterday trading between $29.39 and $29.51, and last traded at $29.51, which is a jump of $0.31 over the previous closing price.

Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD) currently has a market cap of 78.36B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 5,031,340 shares out of a total float 2,612,327,000 and some 1,000,400 shares traded hands yesterday, 41 percent lower than the norm. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

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

With that in mind, Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD) now has a 50-day MA of $30.70 and 200-day MA of $31.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $27.92 – 34.700 and today’s last price is 0.15% lower than the 52 week high of $34.70.

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

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