Gentex Corporation (GNTX) Stock Price Target Moved to $25.00 at FBR & Co

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) 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, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, in early trading today the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.19% rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 19,929 while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.31% added 5 points to 2,275, a rise of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.53% climbed 19 points, or 0.3%, to 5,567.

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at FBR & Co from $0.00 to $25.00. FBR & Co currently has a rating of on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $19.80, less than the opening price of $20.69, a difference of 9.58 percent. Gentex Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $20.83.

Yesterday Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) shares last traded at $20.66, which represents a spike of $0.10 over the previous closing price. Opening at $20.69, they ranged from $20.58 and $20.83 throughout the day.

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) currently has a market cap of 5.92B.

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) Average Daily Trading Volume

127,788 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 114 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 280,618,000. 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.

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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) 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 Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) have ranged from $12.93 – 20.83, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $19.50 and 200-day MA of $17.69. Today’s last price is 0.82%% below the 52 week high of $20.83.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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