Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) stock trades up, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Deutsche Bank AG Analysts

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) 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, in early trading today the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.19% rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 19,929 while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.31% added 5 points to 2,275, a rise of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.53% climbed 19 points, or 0.3%, to 5,567.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Netflix, Inc. has a 52-week high of $133.88. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Netflix, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $125.30, lower than the opening price of $131.15, a difference of 9.51 percent. Usually, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) opened at $131.15 yesterday trading between $130.58 and $132.00, and last traded at $131.78, which is a jump of $2.60 over the previous closing price.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) currently has a market cap of 56.55B.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,094,349 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 28 percent below the average, out of a total float 422,222,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) 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.

With that in mind, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) now has a 50-day MA of $123.08 and 200-day MA of $106.56. It has traded in a 52-week range between $79.95 – 133.88 and today’s last price is 1.57%% lower than the 52 week high of $133.88.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial 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 a 3 year period.

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