Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) from Hold to Strong Sell in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Strong Sell on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $757.00. The one-year price target of $7.40 is lower than the opening price of $402.76, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Material and major digressions in the company’s procedures, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly 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 gauge 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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) shares last traded at $400.50, a decrease of $2.26 from the previous closing price. Opening at $402.76, they varied from $399.04 and $404.90 throughout the day.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) now has a market cap of 11.66B.

182,129 shares traded hands yesterday, 89 percent below the norm, out of a total float 25,760,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Traders can make more useful judgments on trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) have ranged from $384.77 – 757.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $408.46 and 200-day MA of $432.68. Today’s last price is 0.47% under the 52 week high of $757.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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