Pure Storage Inc. (PSTG) stock slides, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Needham & Company LLC Analysts

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) shares fell on Thursday Dec 1 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Needham & Company LLC in a research note to investors. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $18.39. The one-year price target of $16.57 is above the opening price of $13.91, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) opened at $13.91 on Tuesday trading between $12.63 and $13.98, and last traded at $13.14, which is a drop of $0.81 per share or -5.81% compared to the previous closing price.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) currently has a market cap of 2.58B.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) Average Daily Trading Volume

752,568 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 30,735,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or dissemination 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% higher than 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.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) 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 the moving averages they influence—it allows for traders to make more useful choices on trades.

Trades for Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) have ranged from $9.62 – 18.39, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $13.21 and 200-day MA of $12.59. Today’s last price is 28.55%% lower than the 52 week high of $18.39.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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