eBay Inc. (EBAY) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) shares rose on Monday Nov 21 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Shares of eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) were downgraded by analysts at Vetr Inc. in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and eBay Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $32.58, above the opening price of $28.73. eBay Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $33.19. Downgrades happen when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often due to a material and fundamental digression in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

Shares of eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) opened at $28.73 on Monday trading between $28.67 and $29.00, and last traded at $28.84, which is an increase of $0.15 or 0.52% from the previous closing price.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) currently has a market cap of 32.24B.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 10,443,600 shares out of a total float 1,043,807,000 and some 1,136,361 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show 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.

Professional investors such as these have substantial 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.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) 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.

Traders are able to make make more useful judgments on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) now has a 50-day MA of $29.91 and 200-day MA of $28.21. It has traded in a 52-week range between $21.51 – 33.19 and today’s last price is 13.11%% lower than the 52 week high of $33.19.

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

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