Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) shares slid back 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 Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $0.56 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $61.84, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Analog Devices Inc. stock has a high of $66.91. Stock 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 Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) opened at $61.84 on Monday trading between $61.27 and $61.85, and last traded at $61.65, which is a drop of $0.49 per share or -0.79% compared to the previous closing price.

Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) currently has a market cap of 18.96B.

Analog Devices Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,527,850 shares out of a total float 305,982,000 and some 229,331 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, a single day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So 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 retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Analog Devices 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 can make more effective decisions on trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) have ranged from $47.24 – 66.91, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $62.64 and 200-day MA of $59.94. Today’s last price is 7.86%% lower than the 52 week high of $66.91.

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

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