Henry Schein, Inc. (HSIC) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Gabelli

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) shares rose in value in early trading today on lighter 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 Gabelli upgraded shares of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $171.86 is above the opening price of $157.39, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Henry Schein, Inc. stock has a high of $183.00. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue other revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) opened at $157.39 yesterday trading between $156.85 and $158.95, and last traded at $158.12, which is an increase of $0.87 over the previous closing price.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) now has a market cap of 12.73B.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 839,383 shares out of a total float 79,210,000 and some 96,677 shares traded hands yesterday, 122 percent below normal. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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.

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

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) now has a 50-day MA of $152.40 and 200-day MA of $162.18. It has traded in a 52-week range between $142.64 – 183.00 and today’s last price is 13.60%% lower than the 52 week high of $183.00.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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