Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Barclays PLC Analysts

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) shares rose on Tuesday February 7 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.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Barclays PLC analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $926.38 is higher than the opening price of $809.78, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Amazon.com, Inc. stock has a high of $847.21. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) opened at $809.78 yesterday and traded in a range between, $807.50 and $811.00, and last traded at $809.14, which is an increase of $1.50 over the previous closing price.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) now has a market cap of 385.96B.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,207,640 shares out of a total float 395,666,000 and some 645,984 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 111 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) 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 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) have ranged from $474.00 – 847.21, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $797.99 and 200-day MA of $784.24. Today’s last price is 4.49%% lower than the 52 week high of $847.21.

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

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