The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN) stock slides, “Buy” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) shares fell on Monday February 13 on heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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.

Jefferies Group LLC analysts reiterated its Buy rating on The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $43.43 is higher than the opening price of $33.86, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. stock has a high of $56.99. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) opened at $33.86 yesterday trading between $32.87 and $33.98, and last traded at $33.25, a decrease of $5.28 over the previous closing price.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) now has a market cap of 3.44B.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,940,987 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 111 percent higher than the norm, out of a total float 100,983,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) 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.

With that in mind, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) now has a 50-day MA of $39.65 and 200-day MA of $39.26. It has traded in a 52-week range between $32.87 – 56.9900 and today’s last price is 41.66%% lower than the 52 week high of $56.99.

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

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