Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALXN) stock trades up, “Outperform” rating reaffirmed by BMO Capital Markets Analysts

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) 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 and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened significantly lower in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 58 points lower, or 0.29% to 19895, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.28% to 2268, while the Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.38% to 5542.

BMO Capital Markets analysts reiterated its Outperform rating on Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 52-week high of $175.01. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $169.45, higher than the opening price of $137.85, a difference of 12.39 percent. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) opened at $137.85 yesterday trading between $135.13 and $137.85, and last traded at $136.72, a jump of $0.06 from the previous closing price.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) currently has a market cap of 30.62B.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) Average Daily Trading Volume

257,146 shares traded hands yesterday, 76 percent below the norm, out of a total float 222,884,000. 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.

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

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) have ranged from $109.12 – 175.01, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $122.56 and 200-day MA of $125.32. Today’s last price is 21.88%% below the 52 week high of $175.01.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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