Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTNA) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTNA) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $35.00. The one-year price target of $16.00 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $28.20, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Typically, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Yesterday Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTNA) shares last traded at $28.49, which is an increase of $0.27 from the previous closing price. Opening at $28.20, they fluctuated from $27.89 and $28.75 throughout the day.

Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTNA) currently has a market cap of 259.46M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 32,845 shares out of a total float 8,149,000 and some 30,172 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 37 percent below the norm. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Artesian Resources Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTNA) have ranged from $23.06 – 35.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $29.36 and 200-day MA of $29.39. Today’s last price is 0.19% below the 52 week high of $35.00.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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