Matthews International Corp. (MATW) Stock Down After Price Target Increase at Wunderlich

Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) shares were down on Monday Nov 21 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Wunderlich from $75.00 to $92.00. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Matthews International Corp. has a 52-week high of $72.35. The one-year price target of $67.67 is less than the opening price of $72.25, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days.

Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) shares last traded at $71.70, which represents a dip of $0.40 per share or -0.55% from the previous closing price. Opening at $72.25, they ranged from $71.70 and $72.30 throughout the day.

Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) now has a market cap of 2.30B.

Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) Average Daily Trading Volume

8,840 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 30,848,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

These professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) 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 are able to make make more effective judgments on trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Matthews International Corp. (NASDAQ: MATW) have ranged from $45.00 – 72.35, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $61.25 and 200-day MA of $58.41. Today’s last price is 0.90%% lower than the 52 week high of $72.35.

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

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