NetApp, Inc. (NTAP) stock slides, “Sector Perform” rating reaffirmed by RBC Capital Markets Analysts

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) shares fell 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.

RBC Capital Markets analysts reiterated its Sector Perform rating on NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Sector Perform on the shares, NetApp, Inc. has a 52-week high of $39.90. The one-year price target of $37.19 is lower than the opening price of $39.90, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) shares last traded at $39.53, which represents a drop of $0.05 over the previous closing price. Opening at $39.90, they varied from $39.43 and $39.90 throughout the day.

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) now has a market cap of 10.89B.

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,120,830 shares out of a total float 275,080,000 and some 244,672 shares traded hands yesterday, 25 percent lower than normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) 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 winning trades.

Trades for NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) have ranged from $21.88 – 39.90, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $36.95 and 200-day MA of $34.68. Today’s last price is 0.93%% below the 52 week high of $39.90.

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

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