Xcerra Corporation (XCRA) Stock Price Target Moved to $9.00 at Stifel Nicolaus

Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) shares rose in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising 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.

Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $0.00 to $9.00. With a rating of on the stock, Xcerra Corporation has a 52-week high of $7.99. The one-year price target of $9.00 is higher than the opening price of $7.97, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days.

Yesterday Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) shares last traded at $7.90, a spike of $0.02 from the previous closing price. Opening at $7.97, they ranged from $7.82 and $7.97 throughout the day.

Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) currently has a market cap of 427.90M.

Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) Average Daily Trading Volume

8,266 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 25 percent below normal, out of a total float 48,794,000. 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) 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 winning trades.

Trades for Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ: XCRA) have ranged from $4.93 – 7.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.22 and 200-day MA of $6.20. Today’s last price is 1.13%% below the 52 week high of $7.99.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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