Facebook, Inc. (FB) stock slides, “Positive” rating reaffirmed by Needham & Company LLC Analysts

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) shares fell on Monday February 13 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.

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.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) had its Positive rating reiterated by equities researchers at Needham & Company LLC in a research note to investors. With a rating of Positive on the shares, Facebook, Inc. has a 52-week high of $135.49. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Facebook, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $159.42, higher than the opening price of $134.58, a difference of 11.90 percent. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) opened at $134.58 yesterday and traded in a range between, $133.81 and $134.70, and last traded at $134.00, a dip of $0.19 from the previous closing price.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) currently has a market cap of 387.26B.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,378,807 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 110 percent below normal, out of a total float 2,310,655,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) have ranged from $100.24 – 135.49, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $126.71 and 200-day MA of $125.11. Today’s last price is 1.10%% below the 52 week high of $135.49.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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