21Vianet Group Inc. (VNET) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) shares rose in value in early trade Wednesday with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of 21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $7.47, above the opening price of $7.03. 21Vianet Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $21.32. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

U.S. stocks mostly climbed on Wednesday as crude-oil prices traded above $51 a barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.18% gained 33 points, or 0.2% at 18,195, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% advanced 2 points, or less than 0.1%, at 2,141, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.08% traded little-changed at 5,240.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed stronger-than-expected quarterly results from a host of companies

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.62% finished up 13.10 points, or 0.6%, at 2,139.60, with all 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42% rose 75.54 points, or 0.4%, to close at 18,161.94.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.85% added 44.01 points, or 0.9%, to close at 5,243.84.

Shares of 21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) opened at $7.03 on Monday trading between $7.03 and $7.16, and last traded at $7.12, an increase of $0.09 or 1.28% over the previous closing price.

21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) currently has a market cap of 810.60M.

21Vianet Group Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,072,210 shares out of a total float 65,903,000 and some 36,551 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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 instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

21Vianet Group 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.

Traders are able to make make educated trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for 21Vianet Group Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) have ranged from $6.77 – 21.32, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $8.22 and 200-day MA of $12.11. Today’s last price is 66.60%% under the 52 week high of $21.32.

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

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