Facebook Inc. (FB) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Goldman Sachs Analysts

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) 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 Goldman Sachs reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Facebook Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $153.72, above the opening price of $127.31. Facebook Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $133.50. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue other revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) opened at $127.31 yesterday trading between $126.95 and $127.97, and last traded at $127.86, a spike of $0.82 from the previous closing price.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) currently has a market cap of 368.50B.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,174,838 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 85 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 2,296,280,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) have ranged from $94.23 – 133.500, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $120.73 and 200-day MA of $123.66. Today’s last price is 4.23%% lower than the 52 week high of $133.50.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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