Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) Rating Reiterated at Morgan Stanley

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) had its Overweight rating reiterated by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. The one-year price target of $62.52 is less than the opening price of $63.27, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Qualcomm Inc. stock has a high of $63.70. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

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 Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) opened at $63.27 yesterday trading between $62.53 and $63.30, and last traded at $62.70, which represents a drop of $0.16 compared to the previous closing price.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) currently has a market cap of 92.40B.

5,471,416 shares traded hands yesterday, 7 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 1,471,393,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

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, Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) now has a 50-day MA of $62.31 and 200-day MA of $55.64. It has traded in a 52-week range between $42.24 – 63.70 and today’s last price is 0.02% lower than the 52 week high of $63.70.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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