Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) Stock Rating Reiterated at BTIG Research

BTIG Research analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street.With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $720.01. The one-year price target of $741.71 is above the opening price of $696.18, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly 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 Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) opened at $696.18 yesterday trading between $694.71 and $700.60, and last traded at $699.99, a jump of $6.44 from the previous closing price.

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) now has a market cap of 26.94B.

66,798 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 9 percent below the average, out of a total float 37,867,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

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

Trades for Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) have ranged from $447.00 – 720.01, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $688.34 and 200-day MA of $647.09. Today’s last price is 0.03% lower than the 52 week high of $720.01.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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