Palo Alto Networks Inc. (PANW) Stock Price Target Moved to $180.00 at Imperial Capital

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares were down on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Imperial Capital from $190.00 to $180.00. With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $194.73. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $177.49, higher than the opening price of $135.95.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) shares last traded at $134.65, which is a dip of $1.61 per share or -1.18% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $135.95, they fluctuated from $134.52 and $137.19 throughout the day.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) now has a market cap of 12.35B.

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

247,933 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 88,073,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have 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.

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 $151.57 and 200-day MA of $140.38. Today’s last price is 30.85%% below the 52 week high of $194.73.

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

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