Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO) stock slips, “Buy” rating reiterated by Benchmark Co. Analysts

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) 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 Benchmark Co. reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Veeco Instruments Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $29.53, above the opening price of $29.10, a difference of 10.79 percent. Veeco Instruments Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $30.45. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) shares last traded at $27.38, which is a drop of $2.28 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $29.10, they varied from $27.38 and $29.10 throughout the day.

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) now has a market cap of 1.11B.

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 255,456 shares out of a total float 39,974,000 and some 179,791 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 88 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) 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.

Trades for Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) have ranged from $15.26 – 30.450, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $27.99 and 200-day MA of $21.81. Today’s last price is 10.10%% below the 52 week high of $30.45.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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