Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IONS) stock slips, “Outperform” rating reaffirmed by BMO Capital Markets Analysts

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) shares fell on Tuesday January 17 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 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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Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) had its Outperform rating reiterated by equities researchers at BMO Capital Markets in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. The one-year price target of $47.70 is above the opening price of $47.39, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. stock has a high of $57.00. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) shares last traded at $46.78, which is a dip of $1.31 over the previous closing price. Opening at $47.39, they varied from $46.01 and $47.74 throughout the day.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) now has a market cap of 5.67B.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) Average Daily Trading Volume

530,637 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 15 percent below the average, out of a total float 120,251,000. 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.

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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) 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.

Trades for Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) have ranged from $19.59 – 57.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $47.52 and 200-day MA of $35.01. Today’s last price is 17.93%% under the 52 week high of $57.00.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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