Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NEOS) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) shares rose in value in early trading today on slower 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 Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $15.20. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $19.75, higher than the opening price of $6.00, a difference of 32.38 percent. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) shares last traded at $6.10, which represents an increase of $0.10 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $6.00, they fluctuated from $6.00 and $6.50 throughout the day.

Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) now has a market cap of 97.97M.

Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,644 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 77 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 7,945,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings 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.

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

Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Neos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEOS) now has a 50-day MA of $6.86 and 200-day MA of $7.43. It has traded in a 52-week range between $5.30 – 15.20 and today’s last price is 59.87%% lower than the 52 week high of $15.20.

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

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