New Gold Inc. (NGD) stock moves up, “Hold” rating reiterated by RBC Capital Markets Analysts

New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) shares rose on Thursday February 2 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, -0.10% 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.

New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at RBC Capital Markets in a research note to investors. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $6.04. The one-year price target of $3.98 is above the opening price of $2.99, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) opened at $2.99 yesterday trading between $2.85 and $2.99, and last traded at $2.89, which represents a spike of $0.04 compared to the previous closing price.

New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) currently has a market cap of 1.48B.

New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 6,420,380 shares out of a total float 498,158,000 and some 2,187,543 shares traded hands yesterday, 111 percent below normal. 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.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) 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 New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD) have ranged from $2.39 – 6.04, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $3.64 and 200-day MA of $4.28. Today’s last price is 52.12%% below the 52 week high of $6.04.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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