Dermira Inc. (DERM) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Leerink Swann Analysts

Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) shares rose yesterday on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Analysts at Leerink Swann reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Leerink Swann currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $43.25 is above the opening price of $34.95, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Dermira Inc. stock has a high of $36.16. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.62% finished up 112.58 points, or 0.6%, at 18,281.03 yesterday.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.50% rose 26.36 points, or 0.5%, to end at 5,316.02, and is up 0.1% for the week to date.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.43% added 9.24 points, or 0.4%, to close at 2,159.73.

Shares of Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) opened at $34.95 yesterday and traded in a range between, $34.85 and $35.48, and last traded at $35.04, which is an increase of $0.27 or 0.01 from the previous closing price.

Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) now has a market cap of 1.24B.

Dermira Inc.Trading Volume

154,866 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 24,973,000. Investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive indicator 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 substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Dermira Inc. 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 following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders can make well planned trades.

With that in mind, Dermira Inc. (NASDAQ: DERM) now has a 50-day MA of $33.12 and 200-day MA of $29.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $17.42 – 36.16 and today’s last price is 0.03% lower than the 52 week high of $36.16.

Earnings growth is ann important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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