MobileIron Inc. (MOBL) stock slips after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) shares fell on Thursday December 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks were little changed in early trade Thursday. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.04% rose 0.1% to 2,252, while the Dow DJIA, +0.04% advanced 16 points to 19,850. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.04% was virtually flat at 5,439.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, MobileIron Inc. has a 52-week high of $4.78. The one-year price target of $4.44 is above the opening price of $3.75, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation, usually caused by an important and fundamental change in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

Shares of MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) opened at $3.75 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $3.68 and $3.80, and last traded at $3.73, which represents a decrease of $0.03 per share or -0.67% from the previous closing price.

MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) currently has a market cap of 278.06M.

MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) Average Daily Trading Volume

28,736 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 38,331,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for MobileIron Inc. (NASDAQ: MOBL) have ranged from $2.56 – 4.780, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $4.07 and 200-day MA of $3.41. Today’s last price is 22.07%% below the 52 week high of $4.78.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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