Allergan PLC (AGN) stock coverage initiated with “Market Perform” in note to investors by William Blair

Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) shares rose on Monday Nov 21 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open up this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at William Blair initiated coverage on Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) stock, rating the company at Market Perform. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, Allergan PLC has a 52-week high of $322.68. The one-year price target of $270.67 is higher than the opening price of $191.58, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,. Price changes targets are not unheard of.

Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) shares last traded at $192.88, which represents a spike of $1.10 or 0.57% from the previous closing price. Opening at $191.58, they fluctuated from $191.58 and $193.89 throughout the day.

Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) currently has a market cap of 72.35B.

Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,305,050 shares out of a total float 345,662,000 and some 623,254 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show 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.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) 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.

Traders are able to make make well planned trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) now has a 50-day MA of $218.86 and 200-day MA of $234.06. It has traded in a 52-week range between $186.34 – 322.68 and today’s last price is 40.23%% lower than the 52 week high of $322.68.

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

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