CME Group Inc. (CME) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) shares slid back in value in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $121.95 is above the opening price of $116.93, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, CME Group Inc. stock has a high of $124.01. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) opened at $116.93 yesterday trading between $115.76 and $116.93, and last traded at $115.91, which is a drop of $0.42 over the previous closing price.

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) now has a market cap of 39.33B.

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) Average Daily Trading Volume

108,474 shares traded hands yesterday, 111 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 324,140,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional 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’re considering.

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) now has a 50-day MA of $117.57 and 200-day MA of $107.31. It has traded in a 52-week range between $81.87 – 124.01 and today’s last price is 6.53%% lower than the 52 week high of $124.01.

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

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