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Mitie Share Price Hits A One-Year High

Published 14/07/2020, 09:33
Updated 09/07/2023, 11:32

Shares in Mitie (LON:MTO) are currently trading close to a 52 week high, with the share price up by around 0.36% to 46.845 over the past week. On a one-month basis, the Mitie price has risen by 9.29%.

For investors holding the stock (or considering buying it), the question is: what now?

52 week highs are a popular market indicator. But research shows investors can be left wondering whether to sell the stock and take a profit or buy more and ride the uptrend. With this in mind, here’s a primer on what you should know about stocks hitting ‘new highs’...

What happens when a share hits a new high?

52 week highs are always good news. But surprisingly, the prices of high performing shares can be slow to move when they publish positive earnings news.

Research shows this happens because investors are cautious about bidding high performing shares any higher (even if they deserve it). Psychologists call this anchoring. As humans, we tend to take our time when it comes to changing our opinions in the face of new information - even when it's good news.

This emotional tug-of-war often ends with the ‘new high’ stock drifting higher in price over the coming weeks and months. The upward trend is called “post earnings announcement drift”. As the news sinks in, momentum takes over and the price moves higher.

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The 52 week high for this stock was 87. It was trading 50% below the 52 week high at the time the author wrote this very misleading article.
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