Welltower Inc. (HCN) Stock Down After Price Target Increase at Mizuho

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) shares were down in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of 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.

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Mizuho from $59.00 to $62.00. Mizuho currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. The one-year price target of $69.89 is higher than the opening price of $66.31, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Welltower Inc. stock has a high of $80.19.

Yesterday Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) shares last traded at $65.95, which is a dip of $0.37 over the previous closing price. Opening at $66.31, they varied from $65.75 and $66.44 throughout the day.

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) now has a market cap of 23.91B.

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) Average Daily Trading Volume

339,542 shares traded hands yesterday, 62 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 361,538,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings 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, 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 teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) have ranged from $52.80 – 80.19, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $65.09 and 200-day MA of $71.37. Today’s last price is 17.76%% lower than the 52 week high of $80.19.

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

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