Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (CTSH) stock moves up, “Outperform” rating reaffirmed by Sanford C. Bernstein Analysts

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 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, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $65.25. The one-year price target of $63.73 is higher than the opening price of $55.24, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) shares last traded at $55.29, which is a jump of $0.21 or 0.38% from the previous closing price. Opening at $55.24, they varied from $55.04 and $55.57 throughout the day.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) now has a market cap of 33.54B.

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

The stock’s average daily volume is 7,160,960 shares out of a total float 603,222,000 and some 493,940 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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 retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

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.

Traders can make more effective choices on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: CTSH) have ranged from $45.44 – 65.25, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $52.33 and 200-day MA of $56.43. Today’s last price is 15.26%% under the 52 week high of $65.25.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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