Gartner, Inc. (IT) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Barclays PLC

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) shares rose in value in early trading today on 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 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%.

Analysts at Barclays PLC upgraded shares of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) from Equal Weight to Overweight today. Barclays PLC currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $103.44, higher than the opening price of $97.13, a difference of 10.72 percent. Gartner, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $105.45. Stock prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) opened at $97.13 yesterday trading between $96.27 and $97.54, and last traded at $96.48, which is a spike of $0.80 from the previous closing price.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) currently has a market cap of 7.97B.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 481,743 shares out of a total float 79,692,000 and some 90,626 shares traded hands yesterday, 98 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) now has a 50-day MA of $102.25 and 200-day MA of $95.33. It has traded in a 52-week range between $77.80 – 105.45 and today’s last price is 8.51%% lower than the 52 week high of $105.45.

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

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