Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) shares fell on Monday January 23 on heavier 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 Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) were downgraded by analysts at Nomura in a note to their investors today. Nomura currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Qualcomm Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $73.63, above the opening price of $58.66, a difference of 13.30 percent. Qualcomm Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $71.62. Downgrades are more likely when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often caused by a material and integral digression in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.
Yesterday Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) shares last traded at $55.37, a dip of $7.51 over the previous closing price. Opening at $58.66, they varied from $54.82 and $58.67 throughout the day.
Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) currently has a market cap of 81.78B.
Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) Average Daily Trading Volume
The stock’s average daily volume is 9,344,440 shares out of a total float 1,474,951,000 and some 22,802,684 shares traded hands yesterday, 69 percent above normal. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.
Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.
Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) 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.
Trades for Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) have ranged from $42.24 – 71.62, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $66.56 and 200-day MA of $64.19. Today’s last price is 22.69%% below the 52 week high of $71.62.
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