Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE) stock slips, “Hold” rating reiterated by Pivotal Research Analysts

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) 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.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened significantly lower in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 58 points lower, or 0.29% to 19895, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.28% to 2268, while the Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.38% to 5542.

Pivotal Research analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $122.60 is above the opening price of $107.99, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Adobe Systems Incorporated stock has a high of $111.09. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) shares last traded at $107.74, which is a drop of $1.25 over the previous closing price. Opening at $107.99, they varied from $107.62 and $108.61 throughout the day.

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) now has a market cap of 53.40B.

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) Average Daily Trading Volume

263,800 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 88 percent below the average, out of a total float 493,901,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) 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, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE) now has a 50-day MA of $104.26 and 200-day MA of $102.65. It has traded in a 52-week range between $71.27 – 111.09 and today’s last price is 3.02%% lower than the 52 week high of $111.09.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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