Materialise NV (MTLS) stock slips, “Overweight” rating reiterated by Pacific Crest Analysts

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) 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.

Analysts at Pacific Crest reiterated an Overweight rating on shares of Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. The one-year price target of $9.86 is higher than the opening price of $7.52, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Materialise NV stock has a high of $8.59. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) opened at $7.52 yesterday trading between $7.36 and $7.60, and last traded at $7.36, which is a dip of $0.15 compared to the previous closing price.

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) now has a market cap of 348.32B.

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 39,311 shares out of a total float 47,229,000 and some 2,236 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 22 percent below normal. 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.

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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) 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, Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) now has a 50-day MA of $7.94 and 200-day MA of $7.31. It has traded in a 52-week range between $5.22 – 8.5900 and today’s last price is 14.32%% lower than the 52 week high of $8.59.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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