Facebook, Inc. (FB) stock slips, “Buy” rating reiterated by Mizuho Analysts

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) shares fell on Tuesday January 31 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 DJIA, -0.60% fell 140 points, or 0.7%, to 19,833, with 26 of the 30 blue-chip companies trading lower. Nike, Inc. NKE, -1.10% down 2.4% and Intel Corp. INTC, -1.70% off 1%, were leading losses.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.33% was off by 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,270 with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Industrials, consumer-discretionary, and technology shares were the worst performers, while real estate and utilities stocks attracted buyers.

The health-care sector, which was down in early trade, rebounded after President Trump called for scaling back drugmaker’s regulation, lowering taxes and prices of medicines.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.25% declined 31 points, or 0.6%, to 5,581.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Mizuho in a research note to investors. Mizuho currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and Facebook, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $153.91, higher than the opening price of $130.17. Facebook, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $133.50. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) opened at $130.17 yesterday and traded in a range between, $130.05 and $130.66, and last traded at $130.39, a dip of $0.59 over the previous closing price.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) now has a market cap of 375.81B.

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

2,989,514 shares traded hands yesterday, 122 percent below normal, out of a total float 2,296,309,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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 that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

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 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 Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) have ranged from $96.82 – 133.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $123.12 and 200-day MA of $124.38. Today’s last price is 2.33%% lower than the 52 week high of $133.50.

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

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