Zendesk Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Zendesk Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $1.60 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $29.94, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Zendesk Inc. stock has a high of $31.88. Downgrades are more common when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, usually because of an important and major change in the company’s actions, future direction or industry.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Yesterday Zendesk Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) shares last traded at $29.75, a decrease of $0.09 over the previous closing price. Opening at $29.94, they fluctuated from $29.38 and $30.13 throughout the day.

Zendesk Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) currently has a market cap of 2.79B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 941,514 shares out of a total float 70,879,000 and some 538,897 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 34 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Zendesk Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) have ranged from $14.39 – 31.88, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $30.35 and 200-day MA of $25.83. Today’s last price is 0.07% below the 52 week high of $31.88.

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

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