Manning & Napier Inc. (MN) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) shares rose in value Wednesday Dec 28 with 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 were little changed on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher towards the 20,000 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% rose 3.1 points to 19,949, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.39% lost 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,266 while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% slipped 6.4 points, or 0.1%, to 5,482.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) 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 commented on the stock recently, and Manning & Napier Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $7.00, a decrease compared to the opening price of $7.80, a difference of 9.04 percent. Manning & Napier Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $10.34. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) shares last traded at $7.74, which represents a spike of $0.04 or 0.54% from the previous closing price. Opening at $7.80, they fluctuated from $7.73 and $7.80 throughout the day.

Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) now has a market cap of 116.14M.

Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,916 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 13,609,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or dissemination 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% greater than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Zacks Investment Research (Manning & Napier Inc.: NYSE) have ranged from $5.60 – 10.3400, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.46 and 200-day MA of $7.85. Today’s last price is 25.13%% lower than the 52 week high of $10.34.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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