Blue Nile Inc. (NILE) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) shares slid back in value Thursday Dec 15 with lower 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 Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $41.39. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $28.00, less than the opening price of $40.56, a difference of 6.90 percent. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) shares last traded at $40.56, a drop of $0.01 per share or -0.02% from the previous closing price. Opening at $40.56, they fluctuated from $40.45 and $40.59 throughout the day.

Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) now has a market cap of 474.43M.

Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 155,103 shares out of a total float 10,956,000 and some 36,237 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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 have 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.

Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Blue Nile Inc. (NASDAQ: NILE) have ranged from $22.33 – 41.39, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $38.95 and 200-day MA of $33.23. Today’s last price is 2.01%% lower than the 52 week high of $41.39.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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