Freshpet Inc. (FRPT) stock starts with “Neutral” rating in research note to investors by DA Davidson

Freshpet Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) shares fell yesterday on heavier trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Analysts at DA Davidson initiated coverage on Freshpet Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) stock, starting the company at Neutral. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $11.81. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $10.08, higher than the opening price of $8.68, a difference of 11.65 percent. Changes in price targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

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.

Freshpet Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) shares last traded at $8.65, a decrease of $0.05 per share or -0.01 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $8.68, they fluctuated from $8.57 and $8.80 throughout the day.

Freshpet Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) currently has a market cap of 275.07M.

Freshpet Inc.Trading Volume

622,885 shares traded hands yesterday, higher than normal, out of a total float 16,881,000. Significant increases in trading volume and price growth together could indicate excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Freshpet 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Freshpet Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) have ranged from $5.60 – 11.81, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $9.74 and 200-day MA of $9.12. Today’s last price is 0.27% lower than the 52 week high of $11.81.

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 by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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