Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP) stock slips, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Wells Fargo & Co. Analysts

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) shares fell on Thursday Dec 1 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at Wells Fargo & Co. in a research note to investors. Wells Fargo & Co. currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $84.50 is above the opening price of $82.28, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. stock has a high of $89.98. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) opened at $82.28 on Tuesday trading between $81.99 and $82.46, and last traded at $82.18, which is a dip of $0.15 per share or -0.18% over the previous closing price.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) now has a market cap of 13.90B.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) Average Daily Trading Volume

54,537 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 124,357,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, just a 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 have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) now has a 50-day MA of $81.05 and 200-day MA of $79.79. It has traded in a 52-week range between $71.64 – 89.98 and today’s last price is 8.67%% lower than the 52 week high of $89.98.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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