Lumentum Holdings Inc. (LITE) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose in value on Tuesday February 14 on lighter 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 slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Lumentum Holdings Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $46.31, lower than the opening price of $49.55. Lumentum Holdings Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $50.20. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) opened at $49.55 yesterday trading between $49.00 and $50.15, and last traded at $50.00, which is a spike of $0.45 compared to the previous closing price.

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) now has a market cap of 3.03B.

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,114,460 shares out of a total float 55,137,000 and some 186,674 shares traded hands yesterday, 83 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) now has a 50-day MA of $38.58 and 200-day MA of $38.14. It has traded in a 52-week range between $20.80 – 50.20 and today’s last price is 0.40%% lower than the 52 week high of $50.20.

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 been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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