3D Systems Corporation (DDD) Shares Continue To Rise After A Year Investors Want to Forget

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Shares of 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) continue to rise today considerably after a major rally yesterday. After gains of close to 6% yesterday, a similar move is taking place this afternoon. Shares of the 3D printer manufacturer have steadily risen throughout the day as traders may believe that the stock has finally hit its bottom. In addition to an upgrade by research firm Stephens from Equal-weight to Overweight, shorts who have been pushing this stock down all year long seem to be relenting. After the stock plunged over 70% year-to-date, those interested in the 3D printing space may finally view 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) as a value play on a growth stock.

It will be interesting to see how long this rally continues and how much it may spill over into other 3D printing securities.The stock is up 5.09% or $0.51 following the news, hitting $10.52 per share. About 2.68 million shares traded hands. DDD has declined 53.12% since May 15, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 50.85%.

From a total of 6 analysts covering 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) stock, 1 rate it a “Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 4 a “Hold”. This means that 17% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $22 while the lowest target price is $10. The mean of all analyst targets is $13.20 which is 25.48% above today’s ($10.52) stock price. 3D Systems Corporation was the topic of 12 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Needham maintained shares on November 5 with a “Buy” rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained DDD stock in a recent report from August 7 with a “Hold” rating. Finally, UBS maintained the stock with a “Sell” rating in a report they issued on a July 31.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.1 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.02, from 1.08 in 2015Q2. The ratio improved, as 48 funds sold all their 3D Systems Corporation shares they owned while 63 reduced their positions. 40 funds bought stakes while 82 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 65.81 million shares which is 14.52% more than the previous share count of 57.46 million in 2015Q2.

Investment Management Of Virginia Llc holds 4.97% of its total portfolio in 3D Systems Corporation, equating to 1.63 million shares. Clark Estates Inc Ny owns 1.43 million shares representing 2.83% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Wall Street Access Asset Management Llc has 2.8% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 365,259 shares. The Louisiana-based Villere St Denis J & Co Llc has a total of 2.43% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Bluefin Trading Llc, a New York-based fund reported 1.14 million shares owned.

Since September 10, 2015, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for a total of $106,716 in net activity. Johnson Andrew Martin sold 8,000 shares worth $106,716.

3D Systems Corporation is a holding company. The company has a market cap of $1.09 billion. The Firm is a well-known provider of three-dimensional printing centric solutions. It currently has negative earnings. It provides 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts.

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