Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) stock falls, “Hold” rating reiterated by Pivotal Research Analysts

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) shares fell on Friday January 13 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

A Practical Guide to Investing in the Stock Market

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at Pivotal Research in a research note to investors. Pivotal Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Twitter, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $16.64, a decrease compared to the opening price of $17.38, a difference of 9.65 percent. Twitter, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $25.25. Stock prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) opened at $17.38 yesterday trading between $17.23 and $17.66, and last traded at $17.25, which represents a drop of $0.13 over the previous closing price.

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) currently has a market cap of 12.22B.

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 20,865,800 shares out of a total float 612,335,000 and some 11,401,444 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 82 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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’re considering.

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) 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.

With that in mind, Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) now has a 50-day MA of $17.80 and 200-day MA of $18.45. It has traded in a 52-week range between $13.73 – 25.25 and today’s last price is 31.68%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.25.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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