Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (HALO) stock trades up, “Top Pick” rating reiterated by Piper Jaffray Cos. Analysts

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) 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 Piper Jaffray Cos. reiterated a Top Pick rating on shares of Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Top Pick on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $14.38. The one-year price target of $14.84 is above the opening price of $11.50, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) opened at $11.50 yesterday and traded in a range between, $11.46 and $12.05, and last traded at $11.87, which represents a jump of $0.37 over the previous closing price.

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) currently has a market cap of 1.52B.

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) Average Daily Trading Volume

324,674 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 77 percent below normal, out of a total float 94,923,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases 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.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) 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 Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) have ranged from $6.96 – 14.3800, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $11.32 and 200-day MA of $10.71. Today’s last price is 17.42%% below the 52 week high of $14.38.

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

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