KMG Chemicals Inc. (KMG) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lower 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 KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) from Sell to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $37.75. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and KMG Chemicals Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $40.00, higher than the opening price of $36.38. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue other revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) opened at $36.38 on Tuesday trading between $36.18 and $36.89, and last traded at $36.89, which is a spike of $0.56 or 1.54% from the previous closing price.

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) now has a market cap of 433.90M.

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 39,794 shares out of a total float 7,136,000 and some 5,764 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) 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.

Traders are able to make make more effective choices on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) now has a 50-day MA of $31.46 and 200-day MA of $28.23. It has traded in a 52-week range between $19.57 – 37.75 and today’s last price is 2.28%% lower than the 52 week high of $37.75.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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