21Vianet Group, Inc. (VNET) stock down despite upgrade at Morgan Stanley

21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) shares fell back in value on Tuesday January 17 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) from Underweight to Equal Weight today. The company currently has a rating of Equal Weight on the stock. The one-year price target of $8.75 is higher than the opening price of $7.42, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, 21Vianet Group, Inc. stock has a high of $21.12. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic revisions, such as a price target change.

Yesterday 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) shares last traded at $7.17, a dip of $0.14 from the previous closing price. Opening at $7.42, they varied from $7.17 and $7.50 throughout the day.

21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) currently has a market cap of 815.11M.

21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) Average Daily Trading Volume

189,417 shares traded hands yesterday, 120 percent below normal, out of a total float 65,737,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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, 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) 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, 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) now has a 50-day MA of $7.49 and 200-day MA of $8.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $6.77 – 21.12 and today’s last price is 66.05%% lower than the 52 week high of $21.12.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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