Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) shares rose on Tuesday February 14 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. stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group LLC in a research note to investors. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Gilead Sciences, Inc. has a 52-week high of $103.10. The one-year price target of $83.06 is higher than the opening price of $68.60, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) opened at $68.60 yesterday and traded in a range between, $67.66 and $68.67, and last traded at $67.71, which represents a spike of $0.06 compared to the previous closing price.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) currently has a market cap of 88.70B.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,676,661 shares traded hands yesterday, 58 percent below the norm, out of a total float 1,300,921,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) 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.

With that in mind, Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) now has a 50-day MA of $72.08 and 200-day MA of $75.53. It has traded in a 52-week range between $65.38 – 103.10 and today’s last price is 34.33%% lower than the 52 week high of $103.10.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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