Arista Networks, Inc. (ANET) stock slides, “Buy” rating reiterated by Needham & Company Analysts

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) shares fell on Tuesday January 17 on heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

A Practical Guide to Investing in the Stock Market

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Needham & Company in a research note to investors. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $103.00. The one-year price target of $97.32 is higher than the opening price of $94.00, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Usually, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic revisions, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) shares last traded at $92.34, a drop of $7.93 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $94.00, they ranged from $90.52 and $94.34 throughout the day.

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) now has a market cap of 6.48B.

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) Average Daily Trading Volume

816,870 shares traded hands yesterday, 72 percent above the norm, out of a total float 43,774,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) 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.

With that in mind, Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET) now has a 50-day MA of $97.02 and 200-day MA of $83.51. It has traded in a 52-week range between $52.51 – 103.00 and today’s last price is 10.35%% lower than the 52 week high of $103.00.

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

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