Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) stock falls, “Buy” rating reiterated by Canaccord Genuity Analysts

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) 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.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) 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 Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $8.88 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $11.55, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. stock has a high of $12.42. Usually, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares last traded at $11.44, which is a drop of $0.05 over the previous closing price. Opening at $11.55, they fluctuated from $11.40 and $11.63 throughout the day.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) currently has a market cap of 10.60B.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) Average Daily Trading Volume

7,775,253 shares traded hands yesterday, 54 percent below normal, out of a total float 777,689,000. 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.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) 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, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) now has a 50-day MA of $10.25 and 200-day MA of $7.36. It has traded in a 52-week range between $1.75 – 12.42 and today’s last price is 7.89%% lower than the 52 week high of $12.42.

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

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