Kennametal Inc. (KMT) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Kennametal Inc. (KMT) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research


Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) shares rose in value Monday Oct 31 with heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks closed lower after waffling between slight gains and losses Monday, finishing the month with a loss.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.01% slipped 0.26 points to close at 2,126.15, with five of the 11 main sectors finishing lower, led the energy sector declining 1.2%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% declined 18.77 points, or 0.1%, to close at 18,142.42.

The Dow had been up by as many as 32 points on the session and down by as many as 31.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.02% finished down 0.97 points at 5,189.13, after having been up 17 points earlier and down by as many as 4.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Kennametal Inc. has a 52-week high of $29.99. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Kennametal Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $27.00, a decrease compared to the opening price of $28.18, a difference of 9.54 percent. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) shares last traded at $28.31, an increase of $0.71 or 2.57% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $28.18, they varied from $28.00 and $28.65 throughout the day.

Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) now has a market cap of 2.27B.

Kennametal Inc.Average Daily Trading Volume

1,560,904 shares traded hands yesterday, above the average, out of a total float 79,732,000. Excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of large increases in trading volume and price growth can be deciding factors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Kennametal Inc. 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.

Traders can make more effective choices on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) have ranged from $15.11 – 29.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $28.39 and 200-day MA of $25.74. Today’s last price is 5.60%% lower than the 52 week high of $29.99.

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

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