Splunk Inc. (SPLK) stock slips, “Outperform” rating reiterated by BMO Capital Markets Analysts

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) shares fell on Friday Dec 2 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 edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% fell 23 points, or 0.1%, to 19,169, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.09% lost 1.2 point to 2,190, a move of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.15% fell 5.3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,247.

Analysts at BMO Capital Markets reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Splunk Inc. has a 52-week high of $65.75. The one-year price target of $71.28 is above the opening price of $52.76, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) shares last traded at $52.30, which represents a drop of $1.03 per share or -1.93% from the previous closing price. Opening at $52.76, they ranged from $51.90 and $53.66 throughout the day.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) now has a market cap of 7.04B.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) Average Daily Trading Volume

381,214 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 133,072,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch 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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) have ranged from $29.85 – 65.75, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $59.05 and 200-day MA of $58.63. Today’s last price is 20.46%% under the 52 week high of $65.75.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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