The Finish Line Inc. (FINL) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) shares fell 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 The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) were downgraded by analysts at Susquehanna in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $24.52. The one-year price target of $23.29 is above the opening price of $23.20, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Downgrades are more likely when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation, usually caused by a considerable and crucial digression in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

Shares of The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) opened at $23.20 on Monday trading between $23.00 and $23.33, and last traded at $23.22, which is a decrease of $0.45 per share or -1.90% from the previous closing price.

The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) now has a market cap of 941.85M.

The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,098,320 shares out of a total float 39,786,000 and some 145,023 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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 professional investors have 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.

The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) 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 can make more effective decisions on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, The Finish Line Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) now has a 50-day MA of $21.29 and 200-day MA of $21.02. It has traded in a 52-week range between $15.51 – 24.52 and today’s last price is 5.30%% lower than the 52 week high of $24.52.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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