Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) Stock Upgraded at Sanford C. Bernstein

Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) from Underperform to Market Perform today. Sanford C. Bernstein currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $6.04, less than the opening price of $6.23. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $8.00. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) opened at $6.23 yesterday trading between $6.12 and $6.28, and last traded at $6.17, a spike of $0.01 from the previous closing price.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) currently has a market cap of 4.91B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 36,277,100 shares out of a total float 665,094,000 and some 28,990,858 shares traded hands yesterday, 4 percent lower than the norm. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) now has a 50-day MA of $6.78 and 200-day MA of $4.73. It has traded in a 52-week range between $1.65 – 8.00 and today’s last price is 0.23% lower than the 52 week high of $8.00.

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

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