DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) Stock Upgraded at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. upgraded shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) from Market Perform to Outperform today. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $79.63, above the opening price of $65.99. DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $78.94. Typically, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, often followed by a price target change.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly 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 gauge 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

Yesterday DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) shares last traded at $65.41, a spike of $1.81 from the previous closing price. Opening at $65.99, they fluctuated from $65.00 and $65.99 throughout the day.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) now has a market cap of 13.53B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,506,600 shares out of a total float 165,042,000 and some 388,661 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 104 percent below the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Traders can make more impactful decisions on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) now has a 50-day MA of $67.46 and 200-day MA of $73.22. It has traded in a 52-week range between $61.36 – 78.94 and today’s last price is 0.17% lower than the 52 week high of $78.94.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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