Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) shares rose on Monday January 23 on 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 flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.
The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.
Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) were downgraded by analysts at Vetr Inc. in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $33.11 is higher than the opening price of $30.14, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Cisco Systems Inc. stock has a high of $31.95. Important and major digressions in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.
Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) opened at $30.14 yesterday and traded in a range between, $30.10 and $30.25, and last traded at $30.15, which represents a jump of $0.05 over the previous closing price.
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) now has a market cap of 151.35B.
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) Average Daily Trading Volume
The stock’s average daily volume is 22,335,900 shares out of a total float 5,016,445,000 and some 2,428,352 shares traded hands yesterday, 86 percent lower than normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders 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 teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) 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, Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) now has a 50-day MA of $30.21 and 200-day MA of $30.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $22.46 – 31.95 and today’s last price is 5.63%% lower than the 52 week high of $31.95.
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