Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reiterated by Mizuho Analysts

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) shares rose on Monday January 23 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, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Mizuho in a research note to investors. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $839.68. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Alphabet Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $967.30, above the opening price of $831.65. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) opened at $831.65 yesterday and traded in a range between, $828.70 and $839.68, and last traded at $836.78, which represents a spike of $8.61 over the previous closing price.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) currently has a market cap of 576.74B.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Average Daily Trading Volume

388,277 shares traded hands yesterday, 89 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 595,681,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) have ranged from $672.66 – 839.68, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $810.77 and 200-day MA of $794.50. Today’s last price is 0.35%% lower than the 52 week high of $839.68.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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