Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) stock slides, “Sell” rating reaffirmed by Maxim Group Analysts

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) shares fell in early trade today on 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 stocks opened fat this morning as investors wait on the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting, which may confirm expectations for a December rate hike.

The S&P 500 was up 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,138. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat at 18,128. The Nasdaq Composite began the session unchanged at 5,247.

Maxim Group analysts reiterated its Sell rating on Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $7.37 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $423.22, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. stock has a high of $742.40. Usually, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue periodic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) opened at $423.22 yesterday and traded in a range between, $418.30 and $425.00, and last traded at $420.00, which is a decrease of $3.02 per share or -0.01 from the previous closing price.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) now has a market cap of 12.23B.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,078,210 shares out of a total float 25,760,000 and some 93,412 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

Professional investors such as these 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.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. 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 can make the best trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) have ranged from $384.77 – 742.40, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $418.32 and 200-day MA of $424.50. Today’s last price is 0.43% below the 52 week high of $742.40.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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