Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today.With a rating of Sell on the stock, Model N Inc. has a 52-week high of $13.98. The one-year price target of $15.67 is higher than the opening price of $10.53, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Important and fundamental changes in the company’s operations, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip index had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) shares last traded at $10.50, which is a decrease of $0.03 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $10.53, they fluctuated from $10.45 and $10.59 throughout the day.

Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) currently has a market cap of 290.50M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 119,647 shares out of a total float 17,641,000 and some 10,336 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 4 percent lower than the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all possible 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Model N Inc. (NYSE: MODN) now has a 50-day MA of $11.10 and 200-day MA of $11.65. It has traded in a 52-week range between $9.19 – 13.98 and today’s last price is 0.25% lower than the 52 week high of $13.98.

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 the past 3 years.

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