Qiagen N.V. (QGEN) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Barclays PLC Analysts

Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) 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 Barclays PLC reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Qiagen N.V. has a 52-week high of $28.97. The one-year price target of $28.40 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $28.53, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) opened at $28.53 yesterday trading between $28.51 and $28.65, and last traded at $28.55, which is a drop of $0.13 over the previous closing price.

Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) now has a market cap of 6.69B.

Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) Average Daily Trading Volume

51,546 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 9 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 228,503,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, 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 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 that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) 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.

With that in mind, Qiagen N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN) now has a 50-day MA of $27.85 and 200-day MA of $26.04. It has traded in a 52-week range between $19.94 – 28.970 and today’s last price is 1.47%% lower than the 52 week high of $28.97.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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