Tessera Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Tessera Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $37.87. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Tessera Technologies Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $49.00, above the opening price of $35.40, a difference of 13.20 percent. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday Tessera Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) shares last traded at $37.12, which is an increase of $1.84 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $35.40, they fluctuated from $35.40 and $37.14 throughout the day.

Tessera Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) now has a market cap of 1.80B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 365,936 shares out of a total float 47,868,000 and some 1,047,144 shares traded hands yesterday, above normal. Large expansions in trading volume and price growth together could indicate considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods 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 signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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 investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure 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 winning trades.

Trades for Tessera Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) have ranged from $26.21 – 37.87, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $33.16 and 200-day MA of $31.44. Today’s last price is 0.02% under the 52 week high of $37.87.

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

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