National Instruments Corp. (NATI) Stock Up After Upgrade at Robert W. Baird

National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 22 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened mostly flat on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% fell 15 points to 19,928, a drop of less than 0.1%. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.22% fell 1 point, or 0.05%, to 2,264. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.23% fell 1 point to 5,470.21, essentially unchanged on the day.

Analysts at Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) from Neutral to Outperform today. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. The one-year price target of $32.33 is above the opening price of $30.78, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, National Instruments Corp. stock has a high of $30.78. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) opened at $30.78 on Tuesday trading between $30.41 and $30.78, and last traded at $30.62, which is an increase of $0.56 or 1.86% compared to the previous closing price.

National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) currently has a market cap of 3.95B.

National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 455,956 shares out of a total float 116,303,000 and some 48,658 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) 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 well planned trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ: NATI) now has a 50-day MA of $29.63 and 200-day MA of $28.39. It has traded in a 52-week range between $25.90 – 30.78 and today’s last price is 0.52%% lower than the 52 week high of $30.78.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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