Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) stock starts with “Equal Weight” rating in note to investors by Morgan Stanley

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) shares fell on Tuesday Dec 13 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) stock, starting the company at Equal Weight. The company currently has a rating of Equal Weight on the shares. The one-year price target of $45.75 is higher than the opening price of $44.04, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. stock has a high of $60.13. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Changes in price targets are not unheard of.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) shares last traded at $43.86, which is a drop of $0.14 per share or -0.31% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $44.04, they varied from $43.79 and $44.16 throughout the day.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) now has a market cap of 9.96B.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,995,750 shares out of a total float 162,692,000 and some 92,146 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, 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.

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

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) 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 educated trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH) have ranged from $34.16 – 60.130, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $39.48 and 200-day MA of $39.74. Today’s last price is 27.07%% below the 52 week high of $60.13.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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