Dentsply International Inc. (XRAY) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Barrington Research

Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) shares rose in value Monday Dec 5 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Analysts at Barrington Research upgraded shares of Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) from Market Perform to Outperform today. Barrington Research currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. The one-year price target of $68.42 is higher than the opening price of $57.71, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Dentsply International Inc. stock has a high of $65.83. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) shares last traded at $57.92, which represents an increase of $1.01 or 1.77% over the previous closing price. Opening at $57.71, they fluctuated from $57.62 and $58.12 throughout the day.

Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) currently has a market cap of 13.37B.

Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) Average Daily Trading Volume

146,675 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 216,898,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to assert 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.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) 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 smarter trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY) have ranged from $53.43 – 65.83, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $59.20 and 200-day MA of $61.02. Today’s last price is 12.02%% under the 52 week high of $65.83.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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