Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock trades up, “Reduce” rating reiterated by Stifel Nicolaus Analysts

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) 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.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a Reduce rating on shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Reduce on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $120.81. The one-year price target of $133.45 is above the opening price of $120.00, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares last traded at $120.30, a spike of $0.30 from the previous closing price. Opening at $120.00, they varied from $119.92 and $120.81 throughout the day.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) now has a market cap of 641.48B.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Average Daily Trading Volume

5,192,174 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 98 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 5,313,116,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases 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 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 it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) 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, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) now has a 50-day MA of $116.07 and 200-day MA of $110.48. It has traded in a 52-week range between $89.47 – 120.81 and today’s last price is 0.42%% lower than the 52 week high of $120.81.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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