Market Scout – Shares in the Spotlight: Huron Consulting Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HURN) Touch $67.27

As we move further into the year, individual investors may be reviewing the stock portfolio. Many investors will be trying to figure out if certain stocks will be able to muster up some momentum moving forward. To get a sense of where a stock might be going, investors often study historical information and where the stock has been. Over the past 12 weeks, shares of Huron Consulting Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HURN) have seen a move of 10.42%. Looking back over the past month, shares have moved 10.27%. Over the previous week, the stock has moved 11.31%. Taking a peek at some possible support and resistance levels, we note that the 52-week high is presently sitting at 66.49, and the 52-week low is presently 45.82. Interested investors will be paying close attention to shares if they begin to approach either of those levels.

After an investor has figured out their financial and investment goals, they may be interested in designing a specific stock portfolio that will serve those goals and help create and sustain profits well into the future. There is an overwhelming amount of information available on creating winning stock portfolios. Some strategies will work well for certain individuals, and some strategies will not. Understanding the challenges that are involved with creating the perfect portfolio may help the investor ascertain how much time is needed to properly manage the portfolio. Some investors will want to be hands on and do everything. Others will seek and employ the expertise of industry professionals. 

After a recent stock review, we can see that Huron Consulting Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HURN) currently has an average broker rating of 1. Based on analysts polled by Zacks Research, this rating lands on an easy to follow scale from 1 to 5 where a 1 would indicate a Strong Buy and a 5 would represent a Strong Sell recommendation. Sell-side analysts often provide recommendations for stocks that they regularly cover. Different institutions may use various terminologies for how they describe their ratings. Because individual analyst ratings can vary, investors may choose to follow the average in order to track the general sell-side sentiment. Looking a little further, we can see that 4 polled analysts currently have the stock rated as a Strong Buy or Buy.

Following some earnings data for Huron Consulting Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HURN), we note that the current quarter EPS consensus estimate is 0.66. This EPS estimate is using data provided by 3 sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research. This consensus estimate may vary from other data outlets providing consensus projections. Last quarter, the company reported a quarterly EPS of 0.79. Investors often pay extra close to the actual numbers when they are reported. If the actual comes in way under what the analysts were predicting, investors might want to take a deeper look to see what is going on with the stock. Investors may also be on the lookout for positive surprises on earnings beats. When a company reports actual earnings results, the surprise factor may cause the stock price to move sharply in either direction. Because it is difficult to gauge how a stock will react after the earnings report, investors may trade with increased caution during this period of time.

When putting hard earned money at risk, investors will want to look at all the angles in order to make sure that no stone is left unturned when building the stock portfolio. With so many different stocks available to trade, investors may need to figure out a way to make the selection process manageable. Some investors may choose to start with industry research first and eventually filter down to individual stock picks. Others may want to start at the individual stock level and go from there. Whatever the approach the investor chooses, putting in the time and effort might greatly help the long-term performance of the stock portfolio.

Investors tracking shares of Huron Consulting Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HURN) may be closely following analyst price target estimates. Reviewing company shares, we can see that the current average target price is 73.33. Keeping track of all the day to day stock market happenings can sometimes be a burden, even for the most seasoned investors. Investors may use sell-side analyst target estimates to help figure out if their assumptions about the future direction of a particular stock price are shared. Of course, nobody can project the future stock price of a company with exact precision. Investors may use analyst target prices as a good starting point for comparing current stock prices and making educated projections themselves.

Strictly technical traders typically don’t pay a whole lot of attention to fundamental factors such as value, competition, or company management. Technical analysts want to figure out trends based on indicators, charts, and prior price data. These types of traders are usually highly active and hold positions for short periods of time in order to capitalize on short-term price fluctuations. Active traders may be quick to unload a position if it does not pan out as expected. Technicians often pay a great deal of attention to support and resistance levels. These are levels where traders believe a specific stock will either see a bounce or a pullback. 

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