NanoString Technologies Inc. (NSTG) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) shares slid back in value Tuesday Nov 22 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $23.45. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $25.00, above the opening price of $22.85, a difference of 11.15 percent. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) shares last traded at $22.43, a dip of $0.43 per share or -1.88% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $22.85, they ranged from $22.11 and $23.00 throughout the day.

NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) currently has a market cap of 471.12M.

NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) Average Daily Trading Volume

40,259 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 12,291,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) 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.

With that in mind, NanoString Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTG) now has a 50-day MA of $20.90 and 200-day MA of $16.54. It has traded in a 52-week range between $11.30 – 23.45 and today’s last price is 4.35%% lower than the 52 week high of $23.45.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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