Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (SGMO) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) shares rose in value Wednesday Nov 30 with lower 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 Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $9.91. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Sangamo BioSciences Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $7.00, higher than the opening price of $3.35. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) shares last traded at $3.33, a spike of $0.08 or 2.31% from the previous closing price. Opening at $3.35, they fluctuated from $3.30 and $3.45 throughout the day.

Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) now has a market cap of 234.82M.

Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) Average Daily Trading Volume

59,920 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 64,637,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, one 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) 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 how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make educated trades.

Trades for Sangamo BioSciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) have ranged from $3.10 – 9.910, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $3.84 and 200-day MA of $5.04. Today’s last price is 66.45%% under the 52 week high of $9.91.

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 been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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