Noah Holdings Ltd. (NOAH) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) shares fell 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 Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $32.90. The one-year price target of $29.50 is above the opening price of $24.57, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) opened at $24.57 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $24.08 and $24.69, and last traded at $24.17, a drop of $0.53 per share or -2.13% over the previous closing price.

Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) now has a market cap of 1.36B.

Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) Average Daily Trading Volume

11,598 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 18,639,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) 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 more useful judgments on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Noah Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NOAH) have ranged from $20.30 – 32.900, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.46 and 200-day MA of $25.25. Today’s last price is 26.55%% lower than the 52 week high of $32.90.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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