Kadant Inc (KAI) traded on unusually high volume on Dec. 11, as the stock gained 4.2% to close at $84.51. On the day, Kadant Inc saw 167,642 shares trade hands on 1,670 trades. Considering that the stock averages only a daily volume of 44,347 shares a day over the last month, this represents a pretty significant bump in volume over the norm.
Generally speaking, when a stock experiences a sudden spike in trading volume, it may be seen as a bullish signal for investors. An increase in volume means more market awareness for the company, potentially setting up a more meaningful move in stock price. The added volume also provides a level of support and stability for price advances.
The stock has traded between $111.85 and $80.03 over the last 52-weeks, its 50-day SMA is now $97.11, and its 200-day SMA $97.35. Kadant Inc has a P/B ratio of 2.63. It also has a P/E ratio of 22.1.
Kadant Inc is a United States-based company that supplies equipment used in process industries such as papermaking, paper recycling, oriented strand board, and other panel products used primarily in construction activities. The company operates through two segments. The papermaking systems segment develops, manufactures, and markets equipment and products for world papermaking, paper recycling, and other process industries. The wood processing systems segment designs, manufactures and sells stranders and related equipment, debarking and wood-chipping equipment, and other products used in the forest, pulp, and paper industries. The company has a global presence, with the United States and China its two largest markets.
Headquartered in Westford, MA, Kadant Inc has 2,400 employees and is currently under the leadership of CEO Jonathan W. Painter.