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

Jefferies Group analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street.With a rating of Buy on the shares, Shire PLC has a 52-week high of $231.32. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Shire PLC has secured a consensus one-year price target of $252.54, higher than the opening price of $205.22. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, such as a price target change.

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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) shares last traded at $206.56, which represents a spike of $3.12 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $205.22, they ranged from $205.17 and $209.22 throughout the day.

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

710,762 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 68 percent below the norm, out of a total float 297,764,000. Swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

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

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) now has a 50-day MA of $195.66 and 200-day MA of $183.51. It has traded in a 52-week range between $147.60 – 231.32 and 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 seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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