Nutrisystem Inc. (NTRI) Stock Price Target Moved to $37.00 at Wunderlich

Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) shares rose on in early trade Wednesday with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Wunderlich from $31.00 to $37.00. Wunderlich currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Nutrisystem Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $35.42, higher than the opening price of $30.95. Nutrisystem Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $31.05.

U.S. stocks mostly climbed on Wednesday as crude-oil prices traded above $51 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.18% gained 33 points, or 0.2% at 18,195, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% advanced 2 points, or less than 0.1%, at 2,141, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.08% traded little-changed at 5,240.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed stronger-than-expected quarterly results from a host of companies

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.62% finished up 13.10 points, or 0.6%, at 2,139.60, with all 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42% rose 75.54 points, or 0.4%, to close at 18,161.94.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.85% added 44.01 points, or 0.9%, to close at 5,243.84.

Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) shares last traded at $30.90, an increase of $0.20 or 0.65% over the previous closing price. Opening at $30.95, they varied from $30.40 and $31.00 throughout the day.

Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) now has a market cap of 904.57M.

Nutrisystem Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 218,071 shares out of a total float 26,254,000 and some 13,545 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate 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 researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Nutrisystem 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.

Traders are able to make make well planned trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) have ranged from $17.25 – 31.05, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $29.21 and 200-day MA of $26.54. Today’s last price is 0.48%% under the 52 week high of $31.05.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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