Quotient Ltd. (QTNT) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) shares rose in value Wednesday Dec 14 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. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Quotient Ltd. has a 52-week high of $17.00. The one-year price target of $15.00 is higher than the opening price of $4.53, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) shares last traded at $4.59, which represents an increase of $0.02 or 0.44% from the previous closing price. Opening at $4.53, they varied from $4.52 and $4.94 throughout the day.

Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) currently has a market cap of 65.99M.

Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) Average Daily Trading Volume

40,847 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 5,348,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to 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.

Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Quotient Ltd. (NASDAQ: QTNT) now has a 50-day MA of $4.73 and 200-day MA of $6.88. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.76 – 17.00 and today’s last price is 73.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.00.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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