Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $21.00 is higher than the opening price of $18.41, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Kelly Services Inc. stock has a high of $20.98. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) shares last traded at $18.49, a spike of $0.08 over the previous closing price. Opening at $18.41, they fluctuated from $18.34 and $18.49 throughout the day.

Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) now has a market cap of 704.34M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 114,755 shares out of a total float 29,478,000 and some 3,347 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 26 percent below normal. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show 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.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make educated trades.

Trades for Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) have ranged from $13.67 – 20.98, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $19.36 and 200-day MA of $19.10. Today’s last price is 0.12% under the 52 week high of $20.98.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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