Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) Rating Reiterated at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an Overweight rating on shares of Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Overweight on the shares, Intel Corp. has a 52-week high of $38.05. The one-year price target of $40.26 is higher than the opening price of $37.42, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Typically, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

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 Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) opened at $37.42 yesterday trading between $36.94 and $37.43, and last traded at $37.14, a decrease of $0.02 from the previous closing price.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) currently has a market cap of 175.71B.

24,796,900 shares traded hands yesterday, 121 percent higher than the norm, out of a total float 4,729,060,000. Substantial expansions in trading volume and price inflation together could signal excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

By following the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders are able to make make educated trades.

With that in mind, Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) now has a 50-day MA of $35.53 and 200-day MA of $32.94. It has traded in a 52-week range between $27.68 – 38.05 and today’s last price is 0.02% lower than the 52 week high of $38.05.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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