SunOpta, Inc. (STKL) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 25 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, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday crossed the 20,000 level for the first time, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also traded in record territory shortly after the market opened

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.60% advanced 100 points, or 0.5%, to 20,012,
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.55% gained 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,289, with eight of the main 11 sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.66% was 30 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,630.

All three main indexes set intraday records shortly after the opening bell.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $9.30 is above the opening price of $7.35, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, SunOpta, Inc. stock has a high of $7.70. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) opened at $7.35 yesterday and traded in a range between, $7.35 and $7.45, and last traded at $7.43, which represents an increase of $0.03 from the previous closing price.

SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) currently has a market cap of 636.62M.

SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 306,769 shares out of a total float 64,181,000 and some 5,551 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 16 percent lower than the norm. 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.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for SunOpta, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKL) have ranged from $3.16 – 7.7000, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.34 and 200-day MA of $6.68. Today’s last price is 3.48%% under the 52 week high of $7.70.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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