Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (BWLD) stock slides after being downgraded at BMO Capital Markets

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) shares fell on Tuesday Dec 13 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) were downgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $166.13, a decrease compared to the opening price of $172.50. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $175.10. Downgrades are more common when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, often due to a material and fundamental digression in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) shares last traded at $170.05, which represents a drop of $4.20 per share or -2.41% from the previous closing price. Opening at $172.50, they fluctuated from $169.15 and $172.50 throughout the day.

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) now has a market cap of 3.10B.

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 403,208 shares out of a total float 17,030,000 and some 89,856 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal. Investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) 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.

Traders are able to make make well planned trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) have ranged from $122.25 – 175.10, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $159.56 and 200-day MA of $152.86. Today’s last price is 2.88%% under the 52 week high of $175.10.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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