Q2 Holdings, Inc. (QTWO) stock coverage initiated with “Buy” in note to investors by Loop Capital

Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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 Loop Capital initiated coverage on Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) stock, rating the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $32.85. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Q2 Holdings, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $32.64, above the opening price of $30.80. Price changes targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Yesterday Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) shares last traded at $30.75, which is an increase of $0.25 over the previous closing price. Opening at $30.80, they ranged from $30.35 and $30.85 throughout the day.

Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) now has a market cap of 1.23B.

Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) Average Daily Trading Volume

8,986 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 7 percent below the average, out of a total float 31,757,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: QTWO) have ranged from $16.43 – 32.85, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $30.22 and 200-day MA of $28.78. Today’s last price is 6.39%% lower than the 52 week high of $32.85.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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