Super Micro Computer Inc. (SMCI) Stock Up After Upgrade at DA Davidson

Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) shares rose 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 DA Davidson upgraded shares of Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) from Neutral to Buy today. DA Davidson currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $27.00, higher than the opening price of $26.60, a difference of 9.82 percent. Super Micro Computer Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $34.69. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) opened at $26.60 on Tuesday trading between $26.60 and $27.70, and last traded at $27.50, which is an increase of $1.40 or 5.36% from the previous closing price.

Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) currently has a market cap of 1.32B.

Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 352,486 shares out of a total float 37,915,000 and some 105,194 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders can make educated trades.

With that in mind, Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) now has a 50-day MA of $23.56 and 200-day MA of $23.45. It has traded in a 52-week range between $18.60 – 34.69 and today’s last price is 20.73%% lower than the 52 week high of $34.69.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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