Versum Materials Inc. (VSM) stock trades up, “Hold” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) shares rose on Tuesday February 14 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 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.

Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group LLC in a research note to investors. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $29.84. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $29.43, above the opening price of $29.14, a difference of 10.10 percent. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) opened at $29.14 yesterday trading between $28.88 and $29.30, and last traded at $29.13, which represents a spike of $0.05 over the previous closing price.

Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) now has a market cap of 3.17B.

Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 817,814 shares out of a total float 108,447,000 and some 83,800 shares traded hands yesterday, 37 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) 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.

Trades for Versum Materials Inc. (NYSE: VSM) have ranged from $21.86 – 29.84, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $28.13 and 200-day MA of $25.65. Today’s last price is 2.40%% below the 52 week high of $29.84.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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