Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NVGS) stock starts with “Buy” rating in note to investors by Maxim Group

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) shares rose on Tuesday Nov 22 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Maxim Group initiated coverage on Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) stock, starting the company at Buy. Maxim Group currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $11.17 is higher than the opening price of $8.50, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Navigator Holdings Ltd. stock has a high of $17.67. Changes in price targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will re periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) shares last traded at $8.45, a jump of $0.20 or 2.42% from the previous closing price. Opening at $8.50, they varied from $8.40 and $8.55 throughout the day.

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) now has a market cap of 468.44M.

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) Average Daily Trading Volume

17,763 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 29,833,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) 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— traders can make smarter trades.

With that in mind, Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) now has a 50-day MA of $7.51 and 200-day MA of $9.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $6.47 – 17.67 and today’s last price is 52.18%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.67.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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