ePlus inc. (PLUS) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Canaccord Genuity Analysts

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) shares rose 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.

Canaccord Genuity analysts reiterated its Buy rating on ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, ePlus inc. has a 52-week high of $119.35. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $113.33, higher than the opening price of $113.25. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) opened at $113.25 yesterday and traded in a range between, $113.05 and $115.97, and last traded at $115.97, a jump of $2.37 over the previous closing price.

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) now has a market cap of 821.05M.

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 42,938 shares out of a total float 6,819,000 and some 1,699 shares traded hands yesterday, 100 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional 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’re considering.

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) 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 ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) have ranged from $61.78 – 119.3500, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $114.39 and 200-day MA of $95.20. Today’s last price is 2.83%% below the 52 week high of $119.35.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in 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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