Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) stock starts with “Hold” rating in note to investors by Berenberg Bank

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares rose on Tuesday Nov 22 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Berenberg Bank initiated coverage on Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) stock, starting the company at Hold. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $231.79 is above the opening price of $185.84, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Tesla Motors Inc. stock has a high of $269.34. After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently publish periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unheard of.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares last traded at $185.09, which is a jump of $0.57 or 0.31% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $185.84, they ranged from $183.71 and $185.84 throughout the day.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) now has a market cap of 27.74B.

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,990,630 shares out of a total float 118,094,000 and some 668,921 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial 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. (NASDAQ: TSLA) 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 affect—it allows for traders to make more impactful decisions on trades.

Trades for Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) have ranged from $141.05 – 269.3400, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $195.88 and 200-day MA of $210.65. Today’s last price is 31.28%% under the 52 week high of $269.34.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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