Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) 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, 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.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Alphabet Inc. has a 52-week high of $839.00. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Alphabet Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $968.07, above the opening price of $828.38. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) opened at $828.38 yesterday and traded in a range between, $825.59 and $828.94, and last traded at $826.31, which is a dip of $3.55 compared to the previous closing price.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) now has a market cap of 569.52B.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,902,600 shares out of a total float 595,674,000 and some 177,284 shares traded hands yesterday, 41 percent lower than the average. 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.

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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) have ranged from $672.66 – 839.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $797.67 and 200-day MA of $786.22. Today’s last price is 1.51%% under the 52 week high of $839.00.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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