Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Macquarie Analysts

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) 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 Macquarie reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Macquarie currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $4.96 is above the opening price of $4.62, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. stock has a high of $4.65. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) shares last traded at $4.61, which represents a drop of $0.02 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $4.62, they varied from $4.59 and $4.63 throughout the day.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) currently has a market cap of 22.24B.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,877,179 shares traded hands yesterday, 96 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 1,657,879,000. 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 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) now has a 50-day MA of $4.52 and 200-day MA of $4.25. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.29 – 4.65 and today’s last price is 0.86%% lower than the 52 week high of $4.65.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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