Bluebird Bio Inc. (BLUE) stock moves up, “Overweight” rating reiterated by Piper Jaffray Cos. Analysts

Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Piper Jaffray Cos. analysts reiterated its Overweight rating on Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Piper Jaffray Cos. currently has a rating of Overweight on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Bluebird Bio Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $76.86, above the opening price of $64.50. Bluebird Bio Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $94.61. Typically, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) opened at $64.50 on Tuesday trading between $64.20 and $66.75, and last traded at $66.25, a spike of $1.85 or 2.87% compared to the previous closing price.

Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) currently has a market cap of 2.47B.

Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) Average Daily Trading Volume

302,068 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 34,944,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to 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 are considering.

Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) now has a 50-day MA of $55.97 and 200-day MA of $53.04. It has traded in a 52-week range between $35.37 – 94.61 and today’s last price is 29.98%% lower than the 52 week high of $94.61.

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 by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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