Nimble Storage Inc. (NMBL) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) shares slid back in value Wednesday Nov 30 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Nimble Storage Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $11.56, above the opening price of $7.57. Nimble Storage Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $11.33. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) opened at $7.57 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $7.47 and $7.63, and last traded at $7.53, which is a drop of $0.03 per share or -0.33% compared to the previous closing price.

Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) currently has a market cap of 649.72M.

Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,112,940 shares out of a total float 55,320,000 and some 90,795 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show 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.

Professional investors such as these retain 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.

Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) 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, Nimble Storage Inc. (NYSE: NMBL) now has a 50-day MA of $8.11 and 200-day MA of $8.04. It has traded in a 52-week range between $5.64 – 11.330 and today’s last price is 33.58%% lower than the 52 week high of $11.33.

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

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