Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Navient Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $16.40, above the opening price of $13.88, a difference of 11.89 percent. Navient Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $14.82. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

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.

Shares of Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) opened at $13.88 yesterday trading between $13.78 and $13.97, and last traded at $13.79, which represents an increase of $0.02 from the previous closing price.

Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) currently has a market cap of 4.37B.

2,158,606 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 79 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 314,369,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine 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.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) now has a 50-day MA of $14.14 and 200-day MA of $13.09. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.20 – 14.82 and today’s last price is 0.07% lower than the 52 week high of $14.82.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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