Omnova Solutions Inc. (OMN) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) shares rose in value Wednesday Nov 30 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, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $10.42. The one-year price target of $10.75 is higher than the opening price of $9.45, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) opened at $9.45 on Tuesday trading between $9.35 and $9.45, and last traded at $9.45, an increase of $0.15 or 1.61% over the previous closing price.

Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) now has a market cap of 426.44M.

Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 271,080 shares out of a total float 38,556,000 and some 5,859 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine 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.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Omnova Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) now has a 50-day MA of $8.27 and 200-day MA of $8.39. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.37 – 10.42 and today’s last price is 9.31%% lower than the 52 week high of $10.42.

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

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