Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reiterated by Canaccord Genuity Analysts

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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.

Canaccord Genuity analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Canaccord Genuity currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $147.61 is higher than the opening price of $131.78, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings stock has a high of $141.32. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) opened at $131.78 yesterday trading between $131.78 and $132.91, and last traded at $132.43, a jump of $0.03 over the previous closing price.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) currently has a market cap of 13.64B.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) Average Daily Trading Volume

37,883 shares traded hands yesterday, 122 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 102,653,000. 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.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) now has a 50-day MA of $129.32 and 200-day MA of $133.17. It has traded in a 52-week range between $97.79 – 141.32 and today’s last price is 6.29%% lower than the 52 week high of $141.32.

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

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