Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SGYP) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) shares slid back in value Tuesday Dec 13 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 DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $10.60 is higher than the opening price of $4.98, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock has a high of $6.29. Typically, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) opened at $4.98 on Tuesday trading between $4.81 and $5.03, and last traded at $4.83, which is a drop of $0.11 per share or -2.23% over the previous closing price.

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) now has a market cap of 869.17M.

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) Average Daily Trading Volume

801,466 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 147,990,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses 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.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP) now has a 50-day MA of $5.16 and 200-day MA of $4.71. It has traded in a 52-week range between $2.50 – 6.29 and today’s last price is 23.21%% lower than the 52 week high of $6.29.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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