KMG Chemicals Inc. (KMG) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) shares fell back in value Tuesday Nov 22 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $34.00, higher than the opening price of $32.32. KMG Chemicals Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $32.55. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) shares last traded at $32.10, a decrease of $0.16 per share or -0.50% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $32.32, they ranged from $32.10 and $32.32 throughout the day.

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) currently has a market cap of 377.56M.

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,021 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 7,131,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show 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.

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

KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders are able to make make the best trades.

With that in mind, KMG Chemicals Inc. (NYSE: KMG) now has a 50-day MA of $28.82 and 200-day MA of $26.81. It has traded in a 52-week range between $18.87 – 32.55 and today’s last price is 1.38%% lower than the 52 week high of $32.55.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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