Corning Incorporated (GLW) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) shares rose in value in early trading today on slower 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 Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $23.68, a decrease compared to the opening price of $24.52, a difference of 9.63 percent. Corning Incorporated stock has a 52-week high of $25.35. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) opened at $24.52 yesterday trading between $24.50 and $24.60, and last traded at $24.59, which is a jump of $0.12 over the previous closing price.

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) currently has a market cap of 23.39B.

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) Average Daily Trading Volume

440,948 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 116 percent below the norm, out of a total float 948,552,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) 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.

With that in mind, Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) now has a 50-day MA of $24.32 and 200-day MA of $22.96. It has traded in a 52-week range between $16.13 – 25.350 and today’s last price is 3.02%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.35.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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