Landstar System, Inc. (LSTR) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at KeyCorp

Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) shares rose in value on Friday, January 13 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

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Analysts at KeyCorp upgraded shares of Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) from Sector Weight to Overweight today. With a rating of Overweight on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $90.80. The one-year price target of $74.96 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $86.35, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) opened at $86.35 yesterday and traded in a range between, $86.35 and $87.65, and last traded at $86.75, an increase of $1.15 from the previous closing price.

Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) currently has a market cap of 3.62B.

Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) Average Daily Trading Volume

327,469 shares traded hands yesterday, 43 percent below the norm, out of a total float 41,392,000. 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) 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, Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) now has a 50-day MA of $85.05 and 200-day MA of $73.27. It has traded in a 52-week range between $53.03 – 90.80 and today’s last price is 4.46%% lower than the 52 week high of $90.80.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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