Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NLS) stock slips, “Hold” rating reiterated by DA Davidson Analysts

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Analysts at DA Davidson reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $23.25, higher than the opening price of $17.65. Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) stock has a 52-week high of $24.99. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) opened at $17.65 yesterday and traded in a range between, $16.00 and $17.65, and last traded at $16.35, a decrease of $1.95 compared to the previous closing price.

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) currently has a market cap of 508.96M.

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) Average Daily Trading Volume

188,466 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 30 percent below the average, out of a total float 30,394,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) 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 Nautilus Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: NLS) have ranged from $15.30 – 24.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $18.43 and 200-day MA of $19.82. Today’s last price is 34.57%% under the 52 week high of $24.99.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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