Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock Price Target Moved to $150.00 at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares rose on Monday February 13 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from $0.00 to $150.00. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) currently has a rating of on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Apple Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $139.19, higher than the opening price of $133.00, a difference of 10.42 percent. Apple Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $133.82.

Yesterday Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares last traded at $133.62, an increase of $1.50 over the previous closing price. Opening at $133.00, they varied from $132.75 and $133.82 throughout the day.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) now has a market cap of 701.04B.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Average Daily Trading Volume

5,837,246 shares traded hands yesterday, 35 percent below the average, out of a total float 5,227,809,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) 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.

With that in mind, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) now has a 50-day MA of $121.79 and 200-day MA of $113.62. It has traded in a 52-week range between $89.47 – 133.82 and today’s last price is 0.15%% lower than the 52 week high of $133.82.

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

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