ManTech International Corp. (MANT) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, ManTech International Corp. has a 52-week high of $45.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $37.33, a decrease compared to the opening price of $44.50. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) opened at $44.50 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $43.27 and $44.67, and last traded at $44.67, which represents a jump of $0.17 or 0.38% compared to the previous closing price.

ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) now has a market cap of 1.72B.

ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,361 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 25,246,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) now has a 50-day MA of $40.36 and 200-day MA of $38.80. It has traded in a 52-week range between $25.76 – 45.00 and today’s last price is 0.73%% lower than the 52 week high of $45.00.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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