DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) Stock Upgraded at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. upgraded shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) from Market Perform to Outperform today. Raymond James Financial Inc. currently has a rating of Outperform on the stock. The one-year price target of $79.63 is above the opening price of $65.99, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. stock has a high of $78.94. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

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.

Yesterday DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) shares last traded at $64.99, which is an increase of $1.39 from the previous closing price. Opening at $65.99, they ranged from $64.94 and $65.99 throughout the day.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) currently has a market cap of 13.45B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,523,440 shares out of a total float 165,042,000 and some 1,873,187 shares traded hands yesterday, 58 percent above the average. Heavy volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation can be indicative factors.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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.

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

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

Trades for DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) have ranged from $61.36 – 78.94, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $67.12 and 200-day MA of $73.18. Today’s last price is 0.18% under the 52 week high of $78.94.

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 grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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