TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP) stock slides, “Neutral” rating reiterated by Credit Suisse Group Analysts

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) shares fell on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Credit Suisse Group analysts reiterated its Neutral rating on TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Credit Suisse Group currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $52.05 is above the opening price of $52.03, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, TripAdvisor, Inc. stock has a high of $71.69. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) opened at $52.03 yesterday and traded in a range between, $51.50 and $52.09, and last traded at $51.81, which is a drop of $0.15 from the previous closing price.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) now has a market cap of 7.55B.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) Average Daily Trading Volume

143,642 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 101 percent below the average, out of a total float 114,285,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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 that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) 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 winning trades.

Trades for TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) have ranged from $45.63 – 71.69, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $50.32 and 200-day MA of $57.46. Today’s last price is 27.73%% below the 52 week high of $71.69.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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