A. Schulman, Inc. (SHLM) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 on lighter 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 today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $37.70. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and A. Schulman, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $32.00, a decrease compared to the opening price of $32.50. Typically, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) opened at $32.50 yesterday and traded in a range between, $32.30 and $32.75, and last traded at $32.70, which represents a spike of $0.30 over the previous closing price.

A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) now has a market cap of 960.17M.

A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 266,926 shares out of a total float 28,465,000 and some 14,007 shares traded hands yesterday, 108 percent lower than normal. 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.

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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLM) have ranged from $19.58 – 37.70, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $34.23 and 200-day MA of $29.64. Today’s last price is 13.26%% under the 52 week high of $37.70.

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

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