Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Needham & Company LLC Analysts

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) 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.

Needham & Company LLC analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Needham & Company LLC currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $55.50 is above the opening price of $51.45, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Shutterfly, Inc. stock has a high of $54.60. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) opened at $51.45 yesterday trading between $51.26 and $51.67, and last traded at $51.30, which is a decrease of $0.26 over the previous closing price.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) now has a market cap of 1.74B.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) Average Daily Trading Volume

59,505 shares traded hands yesterday, 96 percent below normal, out of a total float 27,738,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) 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 Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) have ranged from $35.91 – 54.60, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $51.32 and 200-day MA of $49.49. Today’s last price is 6.04%% under the 52 week high of $54.60.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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