21Vianet Group Inc. (VNET) Stock Price Target Moved to $9.00 at Stifel Nicolaus

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) shares were down on Tuesday Nov 29 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $10.00 to $9.00. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $7.48 is less than the opening price of $7.74, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, 21Vianet Group Inc. stock has a high of $21.32.

Shares of 21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) opened at $7.74 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $7.30 and $7.74, and last traded at $7.42, which is a decrease of $0.20 per share or -2.62% compared to the previous closing price.

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) now has a market cap of 844.76M.

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 846,683 shares out of a total float 65,903,000 and some 201,893 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial 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 demonstrate 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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for 21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) have ranged from $6.77 – 21.32, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.41 and 200-day MA of $9.58. Today’s last price is 65.20%% under the 52 week high of $21.32.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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