Adtran Inc. (ADTN) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks

Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) shares fell back in value on Monday January 23 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, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Analysts at Zacks upgraded shares of Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) from Hold to Strong-Buy today. With a rating of Strong-Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $23.75. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $22.63, above the opening price of $22.10. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) shares last traded at $22.10, which is a drop of $0.05 over the previous closing price. Opening at $22.10, they fluctuated from $21.95 and $22.20 throughout the day.

Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) currently has a market cap of 1.07B.

Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) Average Daily Trading Volume

20,889 shares traded hands yesterday, 102 percent below normal, out of a total float 48,068,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) 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 Adtran Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) have ranged from $17.06 – 23.75, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.35 and 200-day MA of $19.61. Today’s last price is 6.95%% below the 52 week high of $23.75.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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