Nevro Corp (NVRO) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 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, U.S. stocks opened mostly flat on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% fell 15 points to 19,928, a drop of less than 0.1%. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.22% fell 1 point, or 0.05%, to 2,264. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.23% fell 1 point to 5,470.21, essentially unchanged on the day.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $106.93. The one-year price target of $104.13 is above the opening price of $70.20, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other updates, such as a price target change.

Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) shares last traded at $71.04, which represents a spike of $0.63 or 0.90% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $70.20, they varied from $70.12 and $71.64 throughout the day.

Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) now has a market cap of 2.04B.

Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 566,222 shares out of a total float 25,957,000 and some 55,766 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) 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 how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective judgments on trades.

Trades for Nevro Corp (NASDAQ: NVRO) have ranged from $47.07 – 106.9300, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $81.07 and 200-day MA of $86.57. Today’s last price is 33.56%% lower than the 52 week high of $106.93.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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