Splunk Inc. (SPLK) stock slides, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Wedbush Analysts

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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 Wedbush reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $71.43 is higher than the opening price of $55.89, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Splunk Inc. stock has a high of $65.75. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) opened at $55.89 yesterday and traded in a range between, $55.22 and $56.23, and last traded at $55.40, a drop of $0.29 from the previous closing price.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) now has a market cap of 7.52B.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) Average Daily Trading Volume

64,459 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 7 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 134,008,000. 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.

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

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

These professional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) 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.

With that in mind, Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) now has a 50-day MA of $55.41 and 200-day MA of $58.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.85 – 65.75 and today’s last price is 15.74%% lower than the 52 week high of $65.75.

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

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