Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Needham & Company LLC Analysts

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) shares rose on Monday February 13 on 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. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Analysts at Needham & Company LLC reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $30.45. The one-year price target of $31.35 is higher than the opening price of $26.25, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) opened at $26.25 yesterday trading between $26.00 and $26.36, and last traded at $26.10, which is an increase of $0.05 over the previous closing price.

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) now has a market cap of 1.06B.

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) Average Daily Trading Volume

29,476 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 79 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 39,973,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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 investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) 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 the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) have ranged from $15.26 – 30.45, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $27.43 and 200-day MA of $23.53. Today’s last price is 14.29%% under the 52 week high of $30.45.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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