Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Vetr Inc.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares rose in value in early trade today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile stocks opened fat this morning as investors wait on the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting, which may confirm expectations for a December rate hike.

The S&P 500 was up 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,138. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat at 18,128. The Nasdaq Composite began the session unchanged at 5,247.

Analysts at Vetr Inc. upgraded shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $269.34. The one-year price target of $228.33 is above the opening price of $200.95, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares last traded at $202.68, which represents a spike of $2.58 or 0.01 over the previous closing price. Opening at $200.95, they fluctuated from $200.42 and $203.88 throughout the day.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) now has a market cap of 30.14B.

Tesla Motors Inc.Trading Volume

555,334 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 116,896,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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 that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Tesla Motors 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.

By marking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders can make well planned trades.

With that in mind, Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) now has a 50-day MA of $205.90 and 200-day MA of $221.27. It has traded in a 52-week range between $141.05 – 269.34 and today’s last price is 0.25% lower than the 52 week high of $269.34.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important 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 a 3 year period.

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