Athersys, Inc. (ATHX) stock starts with “Buy” rating in note to investors by Needham & Company LLC

Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) shares rose on Tuesday February 7 on heavier trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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.

Analysts at Needham & Company LLC initiated coverage on Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) stock, starting the company at Buy. Needham & Company LLC currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $7.33, above the opening price of $1.30, a difference of 58.64 percent. Athersys, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $2.90. Price changes targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Shares of Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) opened at $1.30 yesterday and traded in a range between, $1.19 and $1.30, and last traded at $1.25, which represents a spike of $0.09 compared to the previous closing price.

Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) now has a market cap of 106.55M.

Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,154,552 shares traded hands yesterday, 68 percent higher than normal, out of a total float 83,414,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX) have ranged from $1.02 – 2.9000, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $1.44 and 200-day MA of $1.79. Today’s last price is 57.03%% below the 52 week high of $2.90.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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