Amtek Inc. (AME) Stock Up After Upgrade at Robert W. Baird

Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 22 with lower 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 opened mostly flat on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% fell 15 points to 19,928, a drop of less than 0.1%. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.22% fell 1 point, or 0.05%, to 2,264. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.23% fell 1 point to 5,470.21, essentially unchanged on the day.

Analysts at Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) from Neutral to Outperform today. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. The one-year price target of $53.80 is higher than the opening price of $50.24, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Amtek Inc. stock has a high of $54.70. Typically, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) opened at $50.24 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $49.84 and $50.38, and last traded at $49.90, which represents an increase of $0.60 or 1.22% from the previous closing price.

Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) currently has a market cap of 11.55B.

Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,438,610 shares out of a total float 227,386,000 and some 269,621 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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 substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) 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 winning trades.

Trades for Amtek Inc. (NYSE: AME) have ranged from $42.82 – 54.70, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $47.96 and 200-day MA of $47.33. Today’s last price is 8.78%% below the 52 week high of $54.70.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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