Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Qualcomm Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $62.52, less than the opening price of $63.10. Qualcomm Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $63.70. Important and crucial changes in the company’s operations, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) opened at $63.10 yesterday trading between $62.91 and $63.64, and last traded at $63.57, which is a jump of $0.87 from the previous closing price.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) now has a market cap of 93.68B.

7,488,589 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 1,471,393,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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 substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence— traders are able to make make the best trades.

With that in mind, Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) now has a 50-day MA of $62.39 and 200-day MA of $55.70. It has traded in a 52-week range between $42.24 – 63.70 and today’s last price is 0.00% lower than the 52 week high of $63.70.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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