Palo Alto Networks Inc. (PANW) stock falls, “Buy” rating reiterated by BTIG Research Analysts

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 22 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 opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at BTIG Research in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Palo Alto Networks Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $180.89, above the opening price of $143.58. Palo Alto Networks Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $194.73. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares last traded at $143.58, a dip of $17.48 per share or -10.85% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $143.58, they ranged from $140.64 and $144.25 throughout the day.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) now has a market cap of 13.04B.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,601,821 shares traded hands yesterday, higher than normal, out of a total float 87,305,000. Heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of significant expansions in trading volume and price appreciation can be indicative components.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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 teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) 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.

Trades for Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) have ranged from $111.09 – 194.7300, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $154.11 and 200-day MA of $140.29. Today’s last price is 26.27%% below the 52 week high of $194.73.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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