3D Systems Corp. (DDD) stock coverage initiated with “Market Perform” at FBR & Co

3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Analysts at FBR & Co initiated coverage on 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) stock, rating the company at Market Perform. FBR & Co currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $14.59, a decrease compared to the opening price of $18.01, a difference of 8.12 percent. 3D Systems Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $19.76. Changes in price targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Meanwhile, US stock opened lower amid concerns surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe into Deutsche Bank AG.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.25% slipped 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,162.

The Dow industrials DJIA, -0.26% fell 55 points, or 0.3%, to 18,252.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.11% was off 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,298

Shares of 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) opened at $18.01 yesterday trading between $17.76 and $18.27, and last traded at $17.96, which is a jump of $0.01 or 0.00 over the previous closing price.

3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) currently has a market cap of 2.02B.

3D Systems Corp.Trading Volume

582,897 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 106,212,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

3D Systems Corp. 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 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) have ranged from $6.00 – 19.760, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $15.92 and 200-day MA of $14.72. Today’s last price is 0.09% under the 52 week high of $19.76.

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

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