Netflix Inc. (NFLX) stock starts with “Sell” rating in research note to investors by Deutsche Bank AG

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) shares closed lower early today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank AG initiated coverage on Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) stock, rating the company at Sell. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. The one-year price target of $105.21 is higher than the opening price of $103.18, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Netflix Inc. stock has a high of $133.27. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Price changes targets are not uncommon.

Meanwhile, U.S. stock futures on Monday pointed to a higher open, as investors prepared for the start of earnings season

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose by 9 points, or 0.4%, to 2,155.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.40% gained 64 points, or 0.4%, to 18,221.

Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.42% tacked on 17.75 points, or 0.4%, to 4,876.75.Meanwhile, U.S. stock futures on Monday pointed to a higher open, as investors prepared for the start of earnings season

Shares of Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) opened at $103.18 yesterday and traded in a range between, $102.76 and $104.11, and last traded at $103.65, which represents a decrease of $1.17 per share or -0.01 compared to the previous closing price.

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) now has a market cap of 44.44B.

Netflix Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 10,151,200 shares out of a total float 421,492,000 and some 1,256,631 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

Institutional sponsorship simply 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 investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Netflix 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 marking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make smarter trades.

With that in mind, Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) now has a 50-day MA of $98.20 and 200-day MA of $96.33. It has traded in a 52-week range between $79.95 – 133.270 and today’s last price is 0.22% lower than the 52 week high of $133.27.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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