Intel Corp. (INTC) stock slides, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Argus Analysts

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) shares fell on Wednesday Nov 23 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, in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Argus analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $39.82 is higher than the opening price of $35.48, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Intel Corp. stock has a high of $38.36. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) opened at $35.48 on Tuesday trading between $35.38 and $35.52, and last traded at $35.39, which is a decrease of $0.10 per share or -0.27% from the previous closing price.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) currently has a market cap of 167.69B.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 21,844,500 shares out of a total float 4,737,009,000 and some 1,719,194 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) 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.

Trades for Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) have ranged from $27.68 – 38.360, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $35.67 and 200-day MA of $34.37. Today’s last price is 7.76%% lower than the 52 week high of $38.36.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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