Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) Stock Coverage Initiated at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. initiated coverage on Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) stock, starting the company at Market Perform. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $110.32, $95.02. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $136.97.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

U.S. stocks finished sharply lower on Tuesday as equities slid amid a slump in energy shares and continued uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s plans for monetary policy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.41% closed 258.05 points, or 1.4%, lower at 18,066.89, and was down nearly 300 points at its lowest.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -1.48% gave up 32.02 points, or 1.5%, at 2,127.02.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -1.09% fell 56.63 points, or 1.1%, at 5,155.25.

In early action today stocks are moving up with the Dow being led by Apple.

Apple Inc. AAPL, is up +2.69% and climbed 0.9%.

Usually, after analysts publish an “initiating coverage” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates.

Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) opened at $95.02 today and traded in a range between, $94.11 and $96.63, and last traded at $95.99, which represents a change of $ 0.72 over the previous closing price.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) currently has a market cap of 23.78B

The stocks average daily volume is 1,298,460 shares out of a total float 232,488,000 of and some 96,546 shares traded hands yesterday, 114 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

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

With that in mind Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTX) now has a 50-day MA is $98.19 and 200-day MA is $89.42, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $75.90 – 136.97 and today’s last price is -29.92 percent off the 52 week high.

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

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