Model N Inc. (MODN) stock falls after being downgraded at Craig Hallum

Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) shares fell on Tuesday Dec 13 with heavier 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 Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) were downgraded by analysts at Craig Hallum in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $13.98. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Model N Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $11.67, higher than the opening price of $8.70, a difference of 13.57 percent. Considerable and crucial 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 original recommendation.

Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) shares last traded at $8.60, which is a drop of $0.55 per share or -6.01% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $8.70, they ranged from $8.45 and $8.80 throughout the day.

Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) currently has a market cap of 239.90M.

Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) Average Daily Trading Volume

136,898 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, higher than the norm, out of a total float 18,222,000. Substantial increases in trading volume and price growth together could indicate considerable volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible 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.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) have ranged from $6.97 – 13.98, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $9.15 and 200-day MA of $11.18. Today’s last price is 38.48%% lower than the 52 week high of $13.98.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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