Flow International Corp (FLOW) stock coverage initiated with “Buy” in note to investors by Vertical Research

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) shares rose on Tuesday Dec 13 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Vertical Research initiated coverage on Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) stock, starting the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Flow International Corp has a 52-week high of $33.86. The one-year price target of $4.03 is lower than the opening price of $32.84, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently publish periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

Shares of Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) opened at $32.84 on Tuesday trading between $32.52 and $33.86, and last traded at $32.77, a spike of $0.48 or 1.47% from the previous closing price.

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) currently has a market cap of 1.37B.

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) Average Daily Trading Volume

32,073 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 40,356,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine 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 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.

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

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

With that in mind, Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) now has a 50-day MA of $28.93 and 200-day MA of $28.35. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.85 – 33.860 and today’s last price is 3.23%% lower than the 52 week high of $33.86.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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