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Intuitive Surgical Trading Higher on 2.0x Above-Average Volume (ISRG)

Published on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 14:11
By Robert Cotter

Shares of Intuitive Surgical are trading today in above average volume, with the share price rising 8.3% to $552.08. Approximately 892,000 shares have changed hands today vs. average 30-day volume of 436,000 shares. Unusually high volume can signify a potential turning point or validate a breakout.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. design, manufactures and markets surgical systems. The Company's surgical system controls Intuitive Surgical endoscopic instruments, including rigid endoscopes, blunt and sharp endoscopic dissectors, scissors, scalpels, forceps/pickups, needle holders, endoscopic retractors, electrocautery, ultrasonic cutters, and accessories during surgical procedures.

Over the past year, Intuitive Surgical has traded in a range of $320.00 to $594.89 and is now at $552.08, 73% above that low. Over the last five market days, the 200-day moving average (MA) has remained constant while the 50-day MA has advanced 0.3%.

Intuitive Surgical has overhead space with shares priced $552.08, or 12.6% below the average consensus analyst price target of $631.36. The stock should discover initial support at its 50-day moving average (MA) of $538.75 and subsequent support at its 200-day MA of $525.45.

By Robert Cotter