Cintas Corporation (CTAS) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) shares slid back 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.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $122.21. The one-year price target of $124.60 is higher than the opening price of $115.22, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) shares last traded at $115.24, which is a decrease of $0.24 from the previous closing price. Opening at $115.22, they ranged from $115.18 and $115.42 throughout the day.

Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) currently has a market cap of 12.10B.

Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) Average Daily Trading Volume

49,994 shares traded hands yesterday, 56 percent below the norm, out of a total float 85,040,000. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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 that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) 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.

With that in mind, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) now has a 50-day MA of $117.42 and 200-day MA of $110.14. It has traded in a 52-week range between $80.00 – 122.21 and today’s last price is 5.70%% lower than the 52 week high of $122.21.

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

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