Aspen Aerogels Inc. (NYSE: ASPN) Stock Coverage Initiated at Craig Hallum

Analysts at Craig Hallum initiated coverage on Aspen Aerogels Inc. (NYSE: ASPN) stock, rating the company at Buy.Craig Hallum currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $7.75, above the opening price of $5.20. Aspen Aerogels Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $8.87. Changes in price targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip index had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Aspen Aerogels Inc. (NYSE: ASPN) opened at $5.20 yesterday trading between $5.10 and $5.37, and last traded at $5.10, which represents a jump of $0.14 compared to the previous closing price.

Aspen Aerogels Inc. (NYSE: ASPN) now has a market cap of 104.97M.

14,924 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 41 percent below the average, out of a total float 16,431,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

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

With that in mind, Aspen Aerogels Inc. (NYSE: ASPN) now has a 50-day MA of $4.88 and 200-day MA of $4.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.38 – 8.87 and today’s last price is 0.43% lower than the 52 week high of $8.87.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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