Newtek Business Services Corp. (NEWT) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) shares rose in value on Tuesday January 17 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, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

Stock Picks and Investing in the Stock Market

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) from Strong Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Newtek Business Services Corp. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $15.56, less than the opening price of $15.57. Newtek Business Services Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $16.84. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) shares last traded at $15.58, which is an increase of $0.01 over the previous closing price. Opening at $15.57, they ranged from $15.51 and $15.80 throughout the day.

Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) currently has a market cap of 227.55M.

Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) Average Daily Trading Volume

17,721 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 9 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 12,378,000. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) now has a 50-day MA of $15.73 and 200-day MA of $14.14. It has traded in a 52-week range between $9.37 – 16.84 and today’s last price is 7.48%% lower than the 52 week high of $16.84.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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