Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY) stock falls, “Outperform” rating reiterated by Robert W. Baird Analysts

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) 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.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) had its Outperform rating reiterated by equities researchers at Robert W. Baird in a research note to investors. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Shutterfly, Inc. has a 52-week high of $54.60. The one-year price target of $55.50 is above the opening price of $52.32, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) opened at $52.32 yesterday trading between $51.97 and $52.32, and last traded at $52.01, which represents a drop of $0.29 compared to the previous closing price.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) now has a market cap of 1.77B.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) Average Daily Trading Volume

6,117 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 90 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 27,733,000. 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 one day will not mean much, however, 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 have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) have ranged from $35.91 – 54.600, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $50.79 and 200-day MA of $48.90. Today’s last price is 4.75%% below the 52 week high of $54.60.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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