Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) Rating Reiterated at Jefferies Group

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $231.32. The one-year price target of $252.54 is above the opening price of $205.22, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

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 Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) opened at $205.22 yesterday trading between $205.17 and $209.22, and last traded at $206.56, which is a spike of $3.12 from the previous closing price.

Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) currently has a market cap of 61.52B.

1,691,513 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 79 percent above the norm, out of a total float 297,764,000. Large increases in trading volume and price inflation together could indicate excessive volume accumulation 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 show 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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Traders are able to make make smarter trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) have ranged from $147.60 – 231.32, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $196.02 and 200-day MA of $183.84. Today’s last price is 0.11% lower than the 52 week high of $231.32.

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

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