Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) have been on a recent steady downtrend, causing some worry for shareholders.

In order to gauge which way a stock is trending, you must compare a stock’s share price to its moving average.  Uptrending stocks trade above their moving averages, while downtrending stocks trade below.

When a stock is experiencing a downtrend, it makes consecutive lower lows as well as lower highs, making its price decline.  Each successive relative low is below the preceding day’s low, and each successive relative high is below the preceding day’s high.  A downtrend continues until the series of lower highs and lower lows is changed.  This indicates a buy signal, and is an indication that a downtrend will end soon. 

Moving Average 

It is important to consider the moving averages of a downtrending security.  We see here that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) is -5.32% away from the 20-Day Simple Moving Average.  Their 50-Day Simple Moving Average is a difference of -8.50% from current levels.  Further back, their 200-Day Simple Moving Average is -4.86% difference from today’s price.  Currently, the stock is -15.14% from its 50-Day High and 1.73% from the 50-day low. 

RSI and Recommendations

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated’s RSI is 35.38.  Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 3.38% and month of 3.53%.  Wall Street analysts have a consensus 2.00 recommendation on the stock.  

Historical Growth

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX)’s performance this year to date is -29.40%.  The stock has performed -3.25% over the last seven days, -8.36% over the last thirty, and 4.52% over the last three months.  Over the last six months, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated’s stock has been 11.76% and -11.01% for the year.

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