Navient Corp. (NAVI) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) shares rose in value Tuesday Dec 13 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 DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $18.21 is higher than the opening price of $16.85, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Navient Corp. stock has a high of $17.95. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) opened at $16.85 on Tuesday trading between $16.73 and $16.94, and last traded at $16.74, a jump of $0.04 or 0.24% compared to the previous closing price.

Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) currently has a market cap of 5.07B.

Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,652,820 shares out of a total float 300,440,000 and some 231,784 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

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

Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) 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 how they affect moving averages, traders can make educated trades.

With that in mind, Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) now has a 50-day MA of $15.83 and 200-day MA of $14.19. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.20 – 17.95 and today’s last price is 6.74%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.95.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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