Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (MPAA) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) shares slid back in value Tuesday Dec 6 with lower 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 looked for direction on Tuesday with the Dow industrials trying for a fresh record a day after closing at an all-time high in the previous session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.08% opened little-changed at 19,221, the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% climbed 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,206, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.20%

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Motorcar Parts of America Inc. has a 52-week high of $40.00. The one-year price target of $36.25 is above the opening price of $25.18, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) shares last traded at $25.20, which is a decrease of $0.02 per share or -0.08% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $25.18, they varied from $24.94 and $25.34 throughout the day.

Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) now has a market cap of 470.36M.

Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) Average Daily Trading Volume

4,700 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 15,684,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders can make the best trades.

Trades for Motorcar Parts of America Inc. (NASDAQ: MPAA) have ranged from $21.75 – 40.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $25.74 and 200-day MA of $27.70. Today’s last price is 37.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $40.00.

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

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