Manning & Napier, Inc. (MN) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) shares rose in early trading yesterday lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded 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 downgraded shares of Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $10.34. The one-year price target of $6.83 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $7.90, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Downgrades are more likely when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation, usually because of a material and major digression in the company’s operations, future vision or industry.

Yesterday Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) shares last traded at $7.85, which represents an increase of $0.10 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $7.90, they fluctuated from $7.80 and $7.90 throughout the day.

Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) now has a market cap of 117.77M.

Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 85,754 shares out of a total float 13,609,000 and some 8,419 shares traded hands yesterday, 55 percent below the average. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) 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 Manning & Napier, Inc. (NYSE: MN) have ranged from $5.60 – 10.34, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.75 and 200-day MA of $7.78. Today’s last price is 24.08%% under the 52 week high of $10.34.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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