Splunk Inc. (SPLK) stock moves up, “Neutral” rating reiterated by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Analysts

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a Neutral rating on shares of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Splunk Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $69.57, above the opening price of $62.48, a difference of 11.61 percent. Splunk Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $65.75. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) opened at $62.48 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $59.54 and $62.88, and last traded at $59.90, an increase of $2.52 or 4.39% from the previous closing price.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) currently has a market cap of 8.06B.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,516,360 shares out of a total float 132,940,000 and some 1,943,243 shares traded hands yesterday, higher than the average. Large increases in trading volume and price growth together could mean considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) now has a 50-day MA of $59.05 and 200-day MA of $58.63. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.85 – 65.75 and today’s last price is 8.90%% lower than the 52 week high of $65.75.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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