Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by BNP Paribas Analysts

Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) shares rose yesterday on heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

BNP Paribas analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Salesforce.com Inc. has a 52-week high of $84.48. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $93.51, above the opening price of $71.05, a difference of 13.12 percent. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks closed flat Thursday as trading stayed lukewarm in the wait for the nonfarm-payrolls report. U.S. employment growth likely picked up in September, putting pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates

For the week so far, the Dow industrials DJIA, -0.07% are down 0.2%, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.05% is off 0.4%, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.17% has lost 0.1%.

Shares of Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) opened at $71.05 yesterday and traded in a range between, $70.51 and $72.00, and last traded at $71.26, which represents a spike of $2.84 or 0.04 from the previous closing price.

Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) currently has a market cap of 48.81B.

Salesforce.com Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 6,284,300 shares out of a total float 646,797,000 and some 18,527,699 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, higher than the average. Significant increases in trading volume and price growth together could indicate heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Salesforce.com Inc. 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.

Trades for Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) have ranged from $52.60 – 84.48, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $74.52 and 200-day MA of $77.71. Today’s last price is 0.16% below the 52 week high of $84.48.

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

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