Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) Rating Reiterated at Bank of America Corp.

Analysts at Bank of America Corp. reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Bank of America Corp. currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $110.04 is above the opening price of $103.00, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. stock has a high of $105.50. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) opened at $103.00 yesterday trading between $100.93 and $103.73, and last traded at $101.45, which is a drop of $1.58 compared to the previous closing price.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) now has a market cap of 250.89B.

12,863,809 shares traded hands yesterday, 100 percent below the average, out of a total float 1,084,286,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) have ranged from $57.20 – 105.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $95.81 and 200-day MA of $82.87. Today’s last price is 0.04% under the 52 week high of $105.50.

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

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