NetEase, Inc. (NTES) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) shares fell in early trading yesterday lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

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.

Shares of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Sell on the shares, NetEase, Inc. has a 52-week high of $272.58. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and NetEase, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $275.56, higher than the opening price of $238.90. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, often caused by a considerable and major digression in the company’s operations, future vision or industry.

Yesterday NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) shares last traded at $237.93, which is a drop of $1.35 from the previous closing price. Opening at $238.90, they varied from $237.15 and $239.15 throughout the day.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) currently has a market cap of 31.19B.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) Average Daily Trading Volume

154,083 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 87 percent below normal, out of a total float 73,027,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) now has a 50-day MA of $223.04 and 200-day MA of $222.57. It has traded in a 52-week range between $129.60 – 272.580 and today’s last price is 12.71%% lower than the 52 week high of $272.58.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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