Lexington Realty Trust (LXP) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 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 DJIA, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $11.18. The one-year price target of $10.11 is less than the opening price of $10.59, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) opened at $10.59 yesterday and traded in a range between, $10.56 and $10.67, and last traded at $10.62, an increase of $0.03 from the previous closing price.

Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) currently has a market cap of 2.52B.

Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,317,450 shares out of a total float 231,268,000 and some 103,588 shares traded hands yesterday, 22 percent below the average. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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 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 watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) 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.

Trades for Lexington Realty Trust (NYSE: LXP) have ranged from $6.52 – 11.18, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $10.73 and 200-day MA of $10.44. Today’s last price is 5.01%% below the 52 week high of $11.18.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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