LMI Aerospace, Inc. (LMIA) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) shares rose in value on Tuesday February 7 on 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 were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $10.75, above the opening price of $8.95, a difference of 11.97 percent. LMI Aerospace, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $9.71. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) opened at $8.95 yesterday and traded in a range between, $8.95 and $8.98, and last traded at $8.98, which represents an increase of $0.07 from the previous closing price.

LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) now has a market cap of 120.79M.

LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 25,811 shares out of a total float 8,047,000 and some 759 shares traded hands yesterday, 21 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert 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.

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

LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) 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, LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA) now has a 50-day MA of $8.80 and 200-day MA of $7.95. It has traded in a 52-week range between $7.01 – 9.71 and today’s last price is 7.52%% lower than the 52 week high of $9.71.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important 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 3 consecutive years.

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