Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) Rating Reiterated at Needham & Company LLC

Analysts at Needham & Company LLC reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) in a reserach 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 $7.94. The one-year price target of $7.04 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $7.47, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

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 Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) opened at $7.47 yesterday trading between $7.30 and $7.47, and last traded at $7.31, a drop of $0.11 from the previous closing price.

Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) now has a market cap of 1.70B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,459,440 shares out of a total float 231,492,000 and some 1,261,195 shares traded hands yesterday, 76 percent below the average. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) now has a 50-day MA of $7.56 and 200-day MA of $6.93. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.68 – 7.94 and today’s last price is 0.08% lower than the 52 week high of $7.94.

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

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