Aerohive Networks, Inc. (HIVE) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) shares rose in value Wednesday Jan 4 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday as banking stocks led the Dow Jones Industrial Average closer to the 20,000 milestone.

The Dow DJIA, +0.18% gained 25 points, or 0.1%, to 19,906. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.36% climbed four points, or 0.2%, to 2,262. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.50% added 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,447.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $7.45. The one-year price target of $6.33 is above the opening price of $5.75, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) opened at $5.75 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $5.75 and $5.85, and last traded at $5.76, a jump of $0.02 or 0.00 over the previous closing price.

Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) currently has a market cap of 251.17M.

Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 195,865 shares out of a total float 16,551,000 and some 7,903 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE) have ranged from $4.08 – 7.45, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $5.60 and 200-day MA of $6.16. Today’s last price is 0.23% lower than the 52 week high of $7.45.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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