Apptio Inc. (APTI) Stock Up After Upgrade at RBC Capital Markets

Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets upgraded shares of Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) from Sector Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Apptio Inc. has a 52-week high of $24.60. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $24.71, above the opening price of $15.60. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) opened at $15.60 yesterday trading between $15.10 and $16.00, and last traded at $15.79, an increase of $1.16 compared to the previous closing price.

Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) now has a market cap of 605.01M.

Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) Average Daily Trading Volume

55,215 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 111 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 6,899,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) 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, Apptio Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI) now has a 50-day MA of $17.27 and 200-day MA of $18.69. It has traded in a 52-week range between $13.54 – 24.600 and today’s last price is 35.81%% lower than the 52 week high of $24.60.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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