A Favorite Among Institutions: Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED)

Based on the lastest quarterly filings, institutions continue to be large stakeholders in Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED).  The big banks are holding 100.00% of the shares while company insiders are clinging to 3.20%.  Shares of Medifast, Inc. are currently valued at $102.05 with a furture target price of $188.75 according to research brokerages.  

Investing in the stock market may include having to keep emotions in check. When things get crazy, investors may be forced with tough decisions. Being able to stay away from impulsive decisions may help when the time comes to tweak the portfolio. Having the proper discipline and market perspective may also be a highly desirable trait for a successful trader. Investors who are able to practice discipline may be able to avoid emotional trading pitfalls in the future. Even highly experienced investors may have to someday make the difficult decisions in order to keep the portfolio strong. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t may take many years of trial and error. Learning to filter through the daily noise can be a big asset when trying to focus on the particularly important information.

Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED)’s stock has been a favorite of “smart money” aka institutions, as of late.  Institutions are currently holders of 100.00% of the shares.  On the other hand, company insiders are holding 3.20%.  Medifast, Inc.’s stock price currently sits at $102.05.

Recent Performance

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED)’s stock was -16.74%.  Over the last week of the month, it was 1.16%, -25.04% over the last quarter, and  -21.61% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, Medifast, Inc. stock was -28.62% off of the high and 5.86% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -60.90% (High), 5.86%, (Low). 

Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 33.16.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

Another important element to consider is the price target and recommendations from brokerage firm analysts.  On a consensus basis the Street sees the stock heading to 188.75 in the near term.  Based on a 1 to 5 integer scale, analysts have a 1.20 recommendation on the name.

Individuals invest in order to get a return on the investment. Nobody enters the equity markets with the hope of losing money. Returns on investments may come in different forms. With any stock investment, there may be some level of risk involved. Understanding the risk is important and should be considered very carefully. Of course, the stock may go up and become a winner, or shares could sour and turn into losers. Returns in the stock market may often mimic the amount of risk. Generally speaking, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. With the greater chance of reward comes the greater chance of losses. Keeping a balanced and diversified portfolio can help manage the risk associated with investing in the stock market. 

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