Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Rating Reiterated at Drexel Hamilton

Analysts at Drexel Hamilton reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $125.68 is higher than the opening price of $113.06, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Apple Inc. stock has a high of $123.82. Typically, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic updates, 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.

Yesterday Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares last traded at $113.57, which is a decrease of $0.01 over the previous closing price. Opening at $113.06, they ranged from $112.51 and $114.12 throughout the day.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) currently has a market cap of 611.97B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 36,539,400 shares out of a total float 5,369,475,000 and some 34,514,269 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 100 percent lower than the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

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

With that in mind, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) now has a 50-day MA of $108.35 and 200-day MA of $102.31. It has traded in a 52-week range between $89.47 – 123.82 and today’s last price is 0.08% lower than the 52 week high of $123.82.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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