RingCentral Inc. (RNG) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) shares fell back in value Wednesday Dec 28 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher towards the 20,000 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% rose 3.1 points to 19,949, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.39% lost 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,266 while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% slipped 6.4 points, or 0.1%, to 5,482.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $29.00 is above the opening price of $21.75, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, RingCentral Inc. stock has a high of $25.00. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue other revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) opened at $21.75 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $21.25 and $21.80, and last traded at $21.25, a drop of $0.35 per share or -1.62% compared to the previous closing price.

Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) currently has a market cap of 1.56B.

Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 511,505 shares out of a total float 58,156,000 and some 15,052 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) 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 well planned trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Zacks Investment Research (RingCentral Inc.: NYSE) now has a 50-day MA of $22.05 and 200-day MA of $22.07. It has traded in a 52-week range between $13.88 – 25.00 and today’s last price is 15.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.00.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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