NetScout Systems, Inc. (NTCT) shares fall following downgrade at Pacific Crest

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) shares fell in early trading yesterday 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 edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Analysts at Pacific Crest downgraded shares of NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) from Overweight to Sector Weight in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sector Weight on the stock. The one-year price target of $31.19 is higher than the opening price of $31.10, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, NetScout Systems, Inc. stock has a high of $33.83. Downgrades are more likely when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation, often due to an important and integral digression in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

Shares of NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) opened at $31.10 yesterday and traded in a range between, $31.10 and $31.85, and last traded at $31.45, which is a drop of $0.45 compared to the previous closing price.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) now has a market cap of 2.88B.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 671,946 shares out of a total float 82,466,000 and some 31,084 shares traded hands yesterday, 88 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) have ranged from $18.77 – 33.83, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $32.25 and 200-day MA of $28.78. Today’s last price is 7.02%% lower than the 52 week high of $33.83.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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