Baxter International Inc. (BAX) Stock Price Target Moved to $60.00 at Barclays PLC

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) shares rose on Thursday February 2 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Barclays PLC from $0.00 to $60.00. With a rating of on the stock, Baxter International Inc. has a 52-week high of $50.16. The one-year price target of $52.79 is above the opening price of $47.92, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days.

Shares of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) opened at $47.92 yesterday and traded in a range between, $47.92 and $48.93, and last traded at $48.90, which is a spike of $0.80 compared to the previous closing price.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) currently has a market cap of 26.60B.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) Average Daily Trading Volume

557,738 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 56 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 490,974,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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, however, 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 professional investors retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) 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 Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) have ranged from $35.54 – 50.16, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $45.63 and 200-day MA of $46.67. Today’s last price is 2.51%% under the 52 week high of $50.16.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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