Kura Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: KURA) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kura Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: KURA) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today.Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $16.25 is higher than the opening price of $6.99, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Kura Oncology Inc. stock has a high of $25.00. Downgrades happen when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often caused by a considerable and fundamental digression in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

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 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 Kura Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: KURA) shares last traded at $7.08, a jump of $0.09 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $6.99, they ranged from $6.83 and $7.16 throughout the day.

Kura Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: KURA) currently has a market cap of 132.75M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 323,609 shares out of a total float 10,921,000 and some 28,630 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 94 percent lower than the average. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

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

Trades for Kura Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: KURA) have ranged from $2.50 – 25.0000, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $5.36 and 200-day MA of $3.93. Today’s last price is 0.72% lower than the 52 week high of $25.00.

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

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