Sysco Corp. (SYY) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) shares fell back in value Thursday Dec 1 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 opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $54.66. The one-year price target of $53.38 is higher than the opening price of $53.02, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) shares last traded at $52.99, a drop of $0.26 per share or -0.49% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $53.02, they varied from $52.71 and $53.08 throughout the day.

Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) currently has a market cap of 28.98B.

Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) Average Daily Trading Volume

407,072 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 501,519,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY) have ranged from $38.84 – 54.66, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $50.35 and 200-day MA of $50.46. Today’s last price is 3.06%% below the 52 week high of $54.66.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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