Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN) Shares Active after Upgrade at Berenberg Bank

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 on heavier 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 Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a 52-week high of $94.40. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $74.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $87.12. Typically, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic updates, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) shares last traded at $85.55, a spike of $16.05 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $87.12, they varied from $85.54 and $87.25 throughout the day.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) currently has a market cap of 15.77B.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) Average Daily Trading Volume

6,557,650 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 85 percent above the average, out of a total float 183,954,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) have ranged from $66.66 – 94.40, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $71.97 and 200-day MA of $78.04. Today’s last price is 9.37%% under the 52 week high of $94.40.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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