J & J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) shares fell back 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, J & J Snack Foods Corp. has a 52-week high of $135.04. The one-year price target of $121.67 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $130.55, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) opened at $130.55 yesterday trading between $128.91 and $130.55, and last traded at $129.64, which represents a dip of $0.42 over the previous closing price.

J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) currently has a market cap of 2.42B.

J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 65,636 shares out of a total float 14,885,000 and some 1,232 shares traded hands yesterday, 2 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.

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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) 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, J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF) now has a 50-day MA of $129.16 and 200-day MA of $121.91. It has traded in a 52-week range between $97.73 – 135.04 and today’s last price is 4.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $135.04.

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

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