Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (CTSH) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) shares rose on Monday Dec 19 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 Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) were downgraded by analysts at Vetr Inc. in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $63.43. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $63.26, higher than the opening price of $56.19. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s actions, future vision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) shares last traded at $56.81, which represents a jump of $0.55 or 0.98% over the previous closing price. Opening at $56.19, they varied from $56.19 and $56.81 throughout the day.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) currently has a market cap of 34.47B.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) Average Daily Trading Volume

417,233 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 603,003,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above 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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) now has a 50-day MA of $54.45 and 200-day MA of $55.91. It has traded in a 52-week range between $45.44 – 63.43 and today’s last price is 10.44%% lower than the 52 week high of $63.43.

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

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