Civitas Solutions, Inc. (CIVI) stock falls, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Barclays PLC Analysts

Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Barclays PLC in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $25.00 is above the opening price of $19.75, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Civitas Solutions, Inc. stock has a high of $27.58. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) shares last traded at $19.70, a dip of $0.15 over the previous closing price. Opening at $19.75, they fluctuated from $19.45 and $19.80 throughout the day.

Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) now has a market cap of 733.16M.

Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 117,821 shares out of a total float 15,018,000 and some 5,406 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 117 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Civitas Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) have ranged from $15.19 – 27.58, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $18.22 and 200-day MA of $19.03. Today’s last price is 28.57%% below the 52 week high of $27.58.

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

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