USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (USNA) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 25 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, 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 USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $80.33, above the opening price of $62.65. USANA Health Sciences, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $150.00. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) opened at $62.65 yesterday trading between $62.40 and $62.90, and last traded at $62.90, an increase of $0.65 over the previous closing price.

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) currently has a market cap of 1.53B.

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) Average Daily Trading Volume

7,683 shares traded hands yesterday, 57 percent below the average, out of a total float 9,411,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) 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 USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) have ranged from $58.80 – 150.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $62.05 and 200-day MA of $112.48. Today’s last price is 58.07%% lower than the 52 week high of $150.00.

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

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