Leidos Holdings Inc. (LDOS) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Credit Suisse Group AG

Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) shares rose in value Monday Nov 21 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, stocks were set to open up this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded shares of Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) from Neutral to Outperform today. Credit Suisse Group AG currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Leidos Holdings Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $48.71, less than the opening price of $49.03. Leidos Holdings Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $59.52. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) opened at $49.03 on Monday and traded in a range between, $48.96 and $49.41, and last traded at $49.16, which is a spike of $0.80 or 1.65% over the previous closing price.

Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) now has a market cap of 7.39B.

Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) Average Daily Trading Volume

153,047 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 142,514,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) have ranged from $37.79 – 59.52, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $43.27 and 200-day MA of $45.82. Today’s last price is 17.41%% below the 52 week high of $59.52.

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

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