International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Stock Price Target Moved to $175.00 at JMP Securities

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) shares rose on Friday January 20 on heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks rose Friday morning as Wall Street closely awaited Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% rose 95 points, or 0.5%, to 19,826, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.41% climbed 11 points, or 0.5%, to 2,275 and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.37% added 28 points, or 0.6%, to 5,571.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at JMP Securities from $0.00 to $175.00. With a rating of on the shares, International Business Machines Corp. has a 52-week high of $169.95. The one-year price target of $158.90 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $167.81, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days.

Shares of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) opened at $167.81 yesterday trading between $166.00 and $169.49, and last traded at $168.91, an increase of $2.10 over the previous closing price.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) now has a market cap of 160.60B.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,533,668 shares traded hands yesterday, 54 percent above the norm, out of a total float 868,757,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) 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, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) now has a 50-day MA of $166.29 and 200-day MA of $159.83. It has traded in a 52-week range between $116.90 – 169.950 and today’s last price is 0.62%% lower than the 52 week high of $169.95.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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