Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (LSCC) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has a 52-week high of $7.99. The one-year price target of $8.10 is higher than the opening price of $7.20, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) shares last traded at $7.23, which represents a spike of $0.03 over the previous closing price. Opening at $7.20, they varied from $7.20 and $7.26 throughout the day.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) now has a market cap of 875.95M.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) Average Daily Trading Volume

13,918 shares traded hands yesterday, 19 percent below the norm, out of a total float 114,828,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases 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 instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) 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, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) now has a 50-day MA of $7.17 and 200-day MA of $6.47. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.02 – 7.9900 and today’s last price is 9.51%% lower than the 52 week high of $7.99.

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

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