Marcus & Millichap Inc. (MMI) stock slides, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Wells Fargo & Co. Analysts

Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) 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.
Wells Fargo & Co. analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $32.99. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and Marcus & Millichap Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $33.50, higher than the opening price of $27.39. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) shares last traded at $27.10, a dip of $0.35 per share or -1.28% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $27.39, they fluctuated from $26.84 and $27.39 throughout the day.

Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) now has a market cap of 1.02B.

Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) Average Daily Trading Volume

54,580 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 14,843,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, a single day of significant buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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 that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) 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 Marcus & Millichap Inc. (NYSE: MMI) have ranged from $18.77 – 32.99, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.91 and 200-day MA of $25.82. Today’s last price is 17.85%% under the 52 week high of $32.99.

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

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