58.com Inc. (WUBA) stock coverage initiated with “Underperform” in note to investors by Sanford C. Bernstein

58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19,883, while the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.13% dipped less than 1 point to 2,268. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.02% which reached its fourth-straight record close on Tuesday, rose 1 point to 5,553.

Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein initiated coverage on 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) stock, rating the company at Underperform. The company currently has a rating of Underperform on the shares. The one-year price target of $42.49 is above the opening price of $30.11, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, 58.com Inc. stock has a high of $61.59. Changes in price targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Yesterday 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) shares last traded at $29.90, a dip of $0.58 from the previous closing price. Opening at $30.11, they ranged from $29.61 and $30.19 throughout the day.

58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) currently has a market cap of 4.33B.

58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,405,270 shares out of a total float 80,374,000 and some 114,823 shares traded hands yesterday, 64 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much 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 is defined by 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 make sure you are buying the right stocks.

58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) 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, 58.com Inc. (NYSE: WUBA) now has a 50-day MA of $30.79 and 200-day MA of $42.52. It has traded in a 52-week range between $27.72 – 61.59 and today’s last price is 51.45%% lower than the 52 week high of $61.59.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial 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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