Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) stock slides, “Hold” rating reiterated by RBC Capital Markets Analysts

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) shares fell on in early trade Wednesday with heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $727.25. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Intuitive Surgical Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $743.14, higher than the opening price of $705.65. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

U.S. stocks mostly climbed on Wednesday as crude-oil prices traded above $51 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.18% gained 33 points, or 0.2% at 18,195, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% advanced 2 points, or less than 0.1%, at 2,141, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.08% traded little-changed at 5,240.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed stronger-than-expected quarterly results from a host of companies

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.62% finished up 13.10 points, or 0.6%, at 2,139.60, with all 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42% rose 75.54 points, or 0.4%, to close at 18,161.94.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.85% added 44.01 points, or 0.9%, to close at 5,243.84.

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) shares last traded at $684.10, a decrease of $37.63 per share or -5.21% from the previous closing price. Opening at $705.65, they varied from $680.50 and $705.87 throughout the day.

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) currently has a market cap of 26.33B.

Intuitive Surgical Inc.Trading Volume

338,173 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, above normal, out of a total float 37,867,000. Large expansions in trading volume and price inflation together could mean considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by 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 corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Intuitive Surgical 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 following the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders can make well planned trades.

With that in mind, Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) now has a 50-day MA of $703.09 and 200-day MA of $666.36. It has traded in a 52-week range between $483.11 – 727.2500 and today’s last price is 5.93%% lower than the 52 week high of $727.25.

Earnings growth is ann important factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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