Lear Corp. (LEA) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) shares slid back in value Wednesday Dec 28 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher towards the 20,000 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% rose 3.1 points to 19,949, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.39% lost 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,266 while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% slipped 6.4 points, or 0.1%, to 5,482.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $142.13 is above the opening price of $135.50, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Lear Corp. stock has a high of $138.80. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) shares last traded at $134.48, a decrease of $0.36 per share or -0.27% from the previous closing price. Opening at $135.50, they varied from $134.48 and $135.72 throughout the day.

Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) now has a market cap of 9.44B.

Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 789,795 shares out of a total float 70,015,000 and some 30,673 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply 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. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) 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 well planned trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Zacks Investment Research (Lear Corp.: NYSE) have ranged from $93.54 – 138.80, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $130.26 and 200-day MA of $118.48. Today’s last price is 3.11%% under the 52 week high of $138.80.

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

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