And the defense company could jump even more due to its new technologies and acquisition-fueled corporate growth. But another likely reason is Big Money lifting the stock.
Northrop Grumman Takes in Big Money
So, what’s Big Money? Said simply, that’s when a stock goes up in price alongside chunky volumes. It’s indicative of institutions betting on the shares.
Smart money managers are always looking for the next hot stock. And Northrop Grumman has many fundamental qualities that are attractive.
This sets up well for the stock going forward. But how the shares have been trading points to more upside. As I’ll show you, the Big Money has been consistent in the shares.
You see, fund managers are always looking to bet on the next outlier stocks…the best in class. They spend countless hours sizing up companies, reading reports, speaking to analysts…you name it. When they find a company firing on all cylinders, they pounce in a big way.
That’s why I’ve learned how critical it is to gauge Big Money demand for shares. To show you what I mean, have a look at all the Big Money signals NOC has made this year.
The last few weeks have seen Big Money activity too. Each green bar signals big trading volumes as the stock ramped in price:
In the last year, the stock attracted 11 Big Money buy signals. Generally speaking, recent green bars could mean more upside is ahead.
Now, let’s check out technical action grabbing my attention:
- 1-month outperformance vs. Industrials Select Sector SPDR ETF (+7.1% vs. XLI)
Outperformance is important for leading stocks.
Northrop Grumman Fundamental Analysis
Next, it’s a good idea to check under the hood. Meaning, I want to make sure the fundamental story is strong too. As you can see, Northrop Grumman has been growing earnings at a big rate and is profitable. Take a look:
- 3-year sales growth rate (+48.0%)
- Profit margin (+19.6%)
Marrying great fundamentals with technically superior stocks is a winning recipe over the long-term.
In fact, NOC has been a top-rated stock at my research firm, MAPsignals. That means the stock has buy pressure, strong technicals, and growing fundamentals. We have a ranking process that showcases stocks like this on a weekly basis.
NOC has a lot of qualities that are attracting Big Money. It’s made the Top 20 report 11 times since 2014, with its first appearance on 04/05/2016…and gaining 151.8% since. The blue bars below show when Northrop Grumman was a top pick:
It’s been a top stock in the industrials sector according to the MAPsignals process. I wouldn’t be surprised if NOC makes additional appearances in the years to come. Let’s tie this all together.
Northrop Grumman Price Prediction
The Northrop Grumman rally could have further to go. Big Money buying in the shares is signaling to take notice. Shares could be positioned for further upside, plus it pays a nearly 1.5% current dividend. Given the historical gains in share price and strong fundamentals, this stock could be worth a spot in a diversified portfolio.
Disclosure: the author holds no positions in NOC at the time of publication.
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