Xilinx Inc. (XLNX) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Morgan Stanley

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) from Equal Weight to Overweight today. With a rating of Overweight on the shares, Xilinx Inc. has a 52-week high of $59.40. The one-year price target of $53.38 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $58.29, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) opened at $58.29 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $58.00 and $59.40, and last traded at $59.24, which is a jump of $2.51 or 4.42% compared to the previous closing price.

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) now has a market cap of 14.96B.

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,417,115 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 251,592,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, 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 critical.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) 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.

Traders can make the best trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) now has a 50-day MA of $52.97 and 200-day MA of $50.96. It has traded in a 52-week range between $40.44 – 59.40 and today’s last price is 0.27%% lower than the 52 week high of $59.40.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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