Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (MFS) stock starts with “Buy” rating in note to investors by Dougherty & Co

Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) shares fell on Thursday February 2 on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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 Dougherty & Co initiated coverage on Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) stock, rating the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $19.91. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $0.52, a decrease compared to the opening price of $19.56. Changes in price targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Yesterday Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) shares last traded at $19.25, which is a dip of $0.06 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $19.56, they ranged from $19.06 and $19.77 throughout the day.

Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) currently has a market cap of 2.66B.

Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 814,784 shares out of a total float 95,848,000 and some 47,096 shares traded hands yesterday, 110 percent lower than the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders 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 is defined by 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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Manitowoc Food Service, Inc. (NYSE: MFS) now has a 50-day MA of $18.87 and 200-day MA of $17.38. It has traded in a 52-week range between $11.56 – 19.91 and today’s last price is 3.31%% lower than the 52 week high of $19.91.

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

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