Gentex Corp. (GNTX) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) shares rose in value Thursday Nov 17 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, stocks opened flat this morning, struggling for direction in early trade ahead of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Ahead of an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen said an interest-rate hike could come “relatively soon,”

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% fell less than 0.1% to 2,176.85 while Dow Industrials DJIA, -0.05% fell 9 points to 18,858. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.18% declined 0.1% to 5,291.48.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $18.14 is higher than the opening price of $17.86, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Gentex Corp. stock has a high of $18.30. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) shares last traded at $17.83, an increase of $0.01 or 0.08% over the previous closing price. Opening at $17.86, they fluctuated from $17.79 and $17.90 throughout the day.

Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) currently has a market cap of 5,109.45B.

Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) Average Daily Trading Volume

282,785 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 280,621,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) 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 how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective choices on trades.

With that in mind, Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) now has a 50-day MA of $17.19 and 200-day MA of $16.87. It has traded in a 52-week range between $12.93 – 18.3000 and today’s last price is 2.55%% lower than the 52 week high of $18.30.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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