Lear Corp. (LEA) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) shares slid back in value Tuesday Nov 29 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Lear Corp. has a 52-week high of $130.59. The one-year price target of $138.14 is higher than the opening price of $127.99, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) opened at $127.99 on Tuesday trading between $127.59 and $128.62, and last traded at $127.62, a decrease of $1.06 per share or -0.82% compared to the previous closing price.

Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) now has a market cap of 8.96B.

Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 802,008 shares out of a total float 70,007,000 and some 35,246 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) now has a 50-day MA of $121.05 and 200-day MA of $115.83. It has traded in a 52-week range between $93.54 – 130.59 and today’s last price is 2.27%% lower than the 52 week high of $130.59.

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

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