Autodesk Inc. (ADSK) stock slides, “Neutral” rating reaffirmed by Wedbush Analysts

Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 22 with 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, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) had its Neutral rating reiterated by equities researchers at Wedbush in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $68.60 is lower than the opening price of $75.49, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Autodesk Inc. stock has a high of $78.58. Stock prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) opened at $75.49 on Tuesday trading between $74.91 and $75.78, and last traded at $75.10, a drop of $0.42 per share or -0.56% compared to the previous closing price.

Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) currently has a market cap of 16.66B.

Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Average Daily Trading Volume

132,827 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 195,203,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While higher 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 crucial.

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

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

Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) now has a 50-day MA of $71.96 and 200-day MA of $63.71. It has traded in a 52-week range between $41.60 – 78.58 and today’s last price is 4.43%% lower than the 52 week high of $78.58.

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

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