GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) Stock Rating Reiterated at Needham & Company LLC

Analysts at Needham & Company LLC reiterated a Buy rating on shares of GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street.With a rating of Buy on the shares, GigPeak Inc has a 52-week high of $3.42. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and GigPeak Inc has earned a consensus one-year price target of $3.40, higher than the opening price of $2.22, a difference of 15.04 percent. Usually, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue other revisions, such as 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 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

Yesterday GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) shares last traded at $2.26, a jump of $0.04 over the previous closing price. Opening at $2.22, they ranged from $2.21 and $2.29 throughout the day.

GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) currently has a market cap of 152.46M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 693,411 shares out of a total float 63,738,000 and some 180,881 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 71 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders are able to make make well planned trades.

Trades for GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) have ranged from $1.63 – 3.42, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $2.04 and 200-day MA of $2.32. Today’s last price is 0.34% under the 52 week high of $3.42.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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