Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Vetr Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) shares rose in value Monday Dec 19 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 DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Analysts at Vetr Inc. upgraded shares of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Lockheed Martin Corp. has a 52-week high of $269.90. The one-year price target of $278.47 is above the opening price of $249.54, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Typically, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) shares last traded at $250.25, which represents a jump of $0.17 or 0.07% over the previous closing price. Opening at $249.54, they fluctuated from $249.54 and $252.14 throughout the day.

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) currently has a market cap of 73.32B.

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) Average Daily Trading Volume

130,618 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 252,364,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than 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.

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

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) 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 how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make the best trades.

With that in mind, Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) now has a 50-day MA of $257.05 and 200-day MA of $248.32. It has traded in a 52-week range between $200.47 – 269.90 and today’s last price is 7.28%% lower than the 52 week high of $269.90.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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