Veracyte Inc. (VCYT) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) shares slid back in value Wednesday Dec 14 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, U.S. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Veracyte Inc. has a 52-week high of $8.45. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $11.67, above the opening price of $7.35, a difference of 15.83 percent. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) opened at $7.35 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $7.32 and $7.46, and last traded at $7.37, which represents a decrease of $0.02 per share or -0.27% from the previous closing price.

Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) now has a market cap of 205.99M.

Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,303 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 14,479,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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 that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Veracyte Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) have ranged from $4.21 – 8.45, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.35 and 200-day MA of $6.26. Today’s last price is 12.78%% below the 52 week high of $8.45.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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