Zillow Group, Inc. (ZG) Stock Price Target Moved to $41.00 at Needham & Company LLC

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) shares were down on Wednesday February 8 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile U.S. stocks traded modestly lower on Wednesday, as losses in energy shares following a drop in oil prices and a slide in financials weighed on the main indexes.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.17% declined 6 points, or 0.3%, to 2,286, with six of the main sectors trading lower. Energy and financials were leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.26% was down 65 points, or 0.3%, to 20,021, a day after the blue-chip index set an intraday high at 10,155.35. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.13% retreated from an all-time high set on Tuesday, falling 23 points, or 0.4%, to 5,650.

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Needham & Company LLC from $40.00 to $41.00. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $39.99. The one-year price target of $39.19 is above the opening price of $34.41, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days.

Shares of Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) opened at $34.41 yesterday trading between $33.37 and $35.16, and last traded at $34.25, which is a drop of $2.91 compared to the previous closing price.

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) currently has a market cap of 6.18B.

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) Average Daily Trading Volume

566,125 shares traded hands yesterday, 79 percent below the norm, out of a total float 113,689,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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 substantial 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.

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) now has a 50-day MA of $37.14 and 200-day MA of $35.51. It has traded in a 52-week range between $17.10 – 39.99 and today’s last price is 14.35%% lower than the 52 week high of $39.99.

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

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