EMCORE Corporation (EMKR) Stock Price Target Moved to $12.00 at Dougherty & Co

EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) shares were down on Wednesday February 8 on heavier 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. stocks traded modestly lower on Wednesday, as losses in energy shares following a drop in oil prices and a slide in financials weighed on the main indexes.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.17% declined 6 points, or 0.3%, to 2,286, with six of the main sectors trading lower. Energy and financials were leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.26% was down 65 points, or 0.3%, to 20,021, a day after the blue-chip index set an intraday high at 10,155.35. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.13% retreated from an all-time high set on Tuesday, falling 23 points, or 0.4%, to 5,650.

EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Dougherty & Co from $10.50 to $12.00. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $9.95. The one-year price target of $10.13 is above the opening price of $9.90, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days.

Shares of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) opened at $9.90 yesterday trading between $8.75 and $9.95, and last traded at $8.80, which represents a drop of $0.65 over the previous closing price.

EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) currently has a market cap of 230.96M.

EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) Average Daily Trading Volume

517,245 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 97 percent above the average, out of a total float 23,765,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) 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 winning trades.

Trades for EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) have ranged from $4.90 – 9.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $8.93 and 200-day MA of $6.69. Today’s last price is 11.56%% below the 52 week high of $9.95.

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

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