Nokia Corporation (NOK) stock trades up, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Canaccord Genuity Analysts

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) 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.

Canaccord Genuity analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Nokia Corporation has a 52-week high of $7.31. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Nokia Corporation has secured a consensus one-year price target of $5.66, higher than the opening price of $4.77. Usually, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) opened at $4.77 yesterday and traded in a range between, $4.77 and $4.79, and last traded at $4.78, which represents an increase of $0.08 compared to the previous closing price.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) now has a market cap of 27.59B.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,617,417 shares traded hands yesterday, 90 percent below the norm, out of a total float 5,738,483,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings 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.

These professional investors 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.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) now has a 50-day MA of $4.68 and 200-day MA of $5.19. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.04 – 7.31 and today’s last price is 34.61%% lower than the 52 week high of $7.31.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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