Chimerix, Inc. (CMRX) stock slips, “Hold” rating reiterated by FBR & Co Analysts

Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) 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 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.

FBR & Co analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $9.34. The one-year price target of $6.78 is higher than the opening price of $4.83, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Usually, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue periodic updates, often followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) shares last traded at $4.75, which represents a decrease of $0.05 from the previous closing price. Opening at $4.83, they fluctuated from $4.75 and $4.85 throughout the day.

Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) currently has a market cap of 220.00M.

Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 499,667 shares out of a total float 36,260,000 and some 39,238 shares traded hands yesterday, 1 percent lower than normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders 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, conversely, 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.

These instituitional investors have 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.

Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Chimerix, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRX) now has a 50-day MA of $4.84 and 200-day MA of $4.61. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.49 – 9.34 and today’s last price is 49.14%% lower than the 52 week high of $9.34.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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