Analysts at BTIG Research initiated coverage on VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) stock, rating the company at Buy. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the shares recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $20.81, $17.23. VeriFone Systems Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $31.24.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.
Meanwhile, U.S. stocks saw their biggest selloff since June 24, (Brexit) on Friday after comments from a voting member of the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee suggested a September rate hike was still a possibility.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 394 points, or 2.13% to 18085.
The S&P 500 shed 53 points, or 2.45% to 2127, while the Nasdaq Composite erased 133 points, or 2.54% to 5125.
Stocks were not alone in declines on Friday.
Global oil prices, after rallying Thursday, dropped more than 3% Friday to trade just above $45 a barrel.
Gold prices also traded lower, shedding more than 0.6% to trade around $1,332.
Typically, after analysts publish an “initiating coverage” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates.
Shares of VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) opened at $17.23 and traded in a range between, $16.61 and $17.47 on Friday, and last traded at $16.73, which represents a change of $ -0.45 over the previous closing price.
VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) currently has a market cap of 1.86B
The stocks average daily volume is 3,172,960 shares out of a total float 110,396,000 of and some 3,759,101 shares traded hands yesterday, 46 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.
While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.
Institutional sponsorship is defined by 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 taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.
By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.
With that in mind VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) now has a 50-day MA is $18.91 and 200-day MA is $23.29, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $16.07 – 31.24 and today’s last price is -46.45 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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