Harman International Industries Inc. (HAR) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $103.56 is less than the opening price of $109.92, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Harman International Industries Inc. stock has a high of $110.85. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) shares last traded at $110.42, which is an increase of $0.53 or 0.48% from the previous closing price. Opening at $109.92, they fluctuated from $109.90 and $110.47 throughout the day.

Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) now has a market cap of 7.70B.

Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,271,400 shares out of a total float 69,220,000 and some 131,933 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) 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 following the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more impactful judgments on trades.

Trades for Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) have ranged from $64.93 – 110.85, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $99.30 and 200-day MA of $85.29. Today’s last price is 0.39%% lower than the 52 week high of $110.85.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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