NetEase, Inc. (NTES) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) shares fell back in value on Tuesday February 14 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and NetEase, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $278.78, above the opening price of $260.55. NetEase, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $272.58. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) opened at $260.55 yesterday and traded in a range between, $257.26 and $261.29, and last traded at $258.65, which is a drop of $2.13 from the previous closing price.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) now has a market cap of 33.91B.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 980,706 shares out of a total float 73,027,000 and some 161,941 shares traded hands yesterday, 73 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) have ranged from $130.82 – 272.5800, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $242.83 and 200-day MA of $234.02. Today’s last price is 5.11%% under the 52 week high of $272.58.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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