Virtusa Corporation (VRTU) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Maxim Group Analysts

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) shares rose on Wednesday January 25 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, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday crossed the 20,000 level for the first time, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also traded in record territory shortly after the market opened

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.60% advanced 100 points, or 0.5%, to 20,012,
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.55% gained 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,289, with eight of the main 11 sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.66% was 30 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,630.

All three main indexes set intraday records shortly after the opening bell.

Analysts at Maxim Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Virtusa Corporation has a 52-week high of $46.32. The one-year price target of $27.38 is higher than the opening price of $27.32, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) opened at $27.32 yesterday and traded in a range between, $26.87 and $27.72, and last traded at $27.01, which is a spike of $0.07 over the previous closing price.

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) now has a market cap of 809.27M.

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 368,118 shares out of a total float 27,375,000 and some 67,616 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 89 percent lower than normal. 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) 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.

With that in mind, Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) now has a 50-day MA of $25.62 and 200-day MA of $24.04. It has traded in a 52-week range between $18.03 – 46.32 and today’s last price is 41.69%% lower than the 52 week high of $46.32.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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