Nokia Corporation (NOK) Shares Active after Upgrade at Natixis

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) shares rose in value on Friday, January 13 on heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

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Analysts at Natixis upgraded shares of Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Nokia Corporation has a 52-week high of $7.31. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $5.66, higher than the opening price of $4.77, a difference of 11.92 percent. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) opened at $4.77 yesterday and traded in a range between, $4.71 and $4.80, and last traded at $4.75, which represents a spike of $0.05 from the previous closing price.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) currently has a market cap of 27.42B.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) Average Daily Trading Volume

17,246,229 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 101 percent above the average, out of a total float 5,738,483,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure 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 $5.18. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.04 – 7.31 and today’s last price is 35.02%% lower than the 52 week high of $7.31.

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 by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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