K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.
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.
K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Needham & Company LLC from $25.00 to $29.00. With a rating of Strong-Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $23.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and K2M Group Holdings, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $23.75, above the opening price of $22.00, a difference of 10.37 percent.
Shares of K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) opened at $22.00 yesterday and traded in a range between, $21.94 and $23.00, and last traded at $22.90, which represents an increase of $1.70 compared to the previous closing price.
K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) now has a market cap of 966.31M.
K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) Average Daily Trading Volume
150,433 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 4 percent below the average, out of a total float 17,393,000. 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.
While increased trading for one day 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.
Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.
K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) 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.
Trades for K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTWO) have ranged from $10.10 – 23.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $19.92 and 200-day MA of $17.81. Today’s last price is 0.43%% lower than the 52 week high of $23.00.
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