Apigee Corp. (NASDAQ: APIC) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Apigee Corp. (NASDAQ: APIC) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $17.37 is less than the opening price of $17.38, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Apigee Corp. stock has a high of $17.84. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

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 Apigee Corp. (NASDAQ: APIC) opened at $17.38 yesterday trading between $17.34 and $17.40, and last traded at $17.35, which is a dip of $0.04 from the previous closing price.

Apigee Corp. (NASDAQ: APIC) now has a market cap of 524.16M.

439,847 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 5 percent higher than the norm, out of a total float 22,042,000. Excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of large increases in trading volume and price appreciation can be indicative components.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful choices on trades.

Trades for Apigee Corp. (NASDAQ: APIC) have ranged from $5.35 – 17.84, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $15.44 and 200-day MA of $11.73. Today’s last price is 0.03% below the 52 week high of $17.84.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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