International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) stock coverage initiated with “Neutral” in note to investors by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) shares rose on Monday Nov 21 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open up this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. initiated coverage on International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) stock, starting the company at Neutral. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $140.93, higher than the opening price of $119.56, a difference of 11.75 percent. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $143.64. Changes in price targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) shares last traded at $119.98, an increase of $0.20 or 0.16% over the previous closing price. Opening at $119.56, they ranged from $119.56 and $120.10 throughout the day.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) currently has a market cap of 9.53B.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) Average Daily Trading Volume

29,945 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 72,794,000. Swing traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of high volume 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial 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.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) 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.

Traders can make smarter trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) now has a 50-day MA of $130.26 and 200-day MA of $131.28. It has traded in a 52-week range between $97.24 – 143.640 and today’s last price is 16.48%% lower than the 52 week high of $143.64.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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