Limoneira Co (LMNR) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Lake Street Capital Analysts

Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19,883, while the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.13% dipped less than 1 point to 2,268. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.02% which reached its fourth-straight record close on Tuesday, rose 1 point to 5,553.

Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Lake Street Capital in a research note to investors. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Limoneira Co has a 52-week high of $21.78. The one-year price target of $23.41 is above the opening price of $21.10, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, often followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) shares last traded at $20.40, which represents a drop of $0.69 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $21.10, they varied from $19.70 and $21.10 throughout the day.

Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) currently has a market cap of 289.26M.

Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) Average Daily Trading Volume

16,804 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 76 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 11,623,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional 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.

Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) 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 Limoneira Co (NASDAQ: LMNR) have ranged from $11.30 – 21.7800, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $19.63 and 200-day MA of $18.70. Today’s last price is 6.33%% lower than the 52 week high of $21.78.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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