Masimo Corporation (MASI) Stock Down After Price Target Increase at Wedbush

Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) shares were down on Monday February 13 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Wedbush from $0.00 to $85.00. Wedbush currently has a rating of on the stock. The one-year price target of $62.80 is less than the opening price of $76.00, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Masimo Corporation stock has a high of $77.18.

Shares of Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) opened at $76.00 yesterday trading between $75.51 and $76.29, and last traded at $75.78, which represents a dip of $0.86 over the previous closing price.

Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) currently has a market cap of 3.76B.

Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) Average Daily Trading Volume

86,525 shares traded hands yesterday, 56 percent below normal, out of a total float 45,230,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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 substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) 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.

Trades for Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) have ranged from $33.03 – 77.18, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $71.43 and 200-day MA of $62.34. Today’s last price is 1.81%% under the 52 week high of $77.18.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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