Are Firms Losing Interest in Shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH)?

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According to the latest SEC Filings, firms & funds owning shares of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH) have decreased their positions by -1.11%.  Institutions now own 95.40% of the company.

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Individuals invest in order to get a return on the investment. Nobody enters the equity markets with the hope of losing money. Returns on investments may come in different forms. With any stock investment, there may be some level of risk involved. Understanding the risk is important and should be considered very carefully. Of course, the stock may go up and become a winner, or shares could sour and turn into losers. Returns in the stock market may often mimic the amount of risk. Generally speaking, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. With the greater chance of reward comes the greater chance of losses. Keeping a balanced and diversified portfolio can help manage the risk associated with investing in the stock market.  

Big organizations that control vast sums of money, such as mutual funds, insurance companies or pension funds, that buy securities are known as “institutional investors”.  Unlike individual investors, institutional investors trade in massive blocks of 10,000 or more shares per transaction.  The sheer size of these trades significantly affect the price of a share. 

PROS AND CONS

Peter Lynch says in his best-selling book, “One Up on Wall Street”, that institutional ownership is a negative thing.  “Institutions don’t own it and the analysts don’t follow it”.  He favors the stocks that big investment groups pass on because he feels that these stocks are undervalued.  In contrast, Investor’s Business Daily’s William O’Neil thinks that institutional investors are important to driving up stock prices because they provide the largest source of demand for stocks.  O’Neil argues that if a stock has no institutional ownership, it means they have already passed on it.  He regards institutional ownership as a desirable stock trait in his book, “How to Make Money in Stocks”. 

Investors are usually scouring the markets for that next great stock pick. Locating that special winner to jumpstart the portfolio may involve lots of diligent hard work. Filing through the massive amounts of data regarding public companies can be an overwhelming task. Many successful investors will approach the equity markets from various sides. This may include keeping a close eye on the fundamentals as well as the technical data. This may also include following sell-side analyst opinions and tracking what the big money institutions are buying or selling.  

Due to the financial commitment that these companies make into research, these institutions aren’t quick to sell off their shares.  But when they do, however, it can drive down the price. 

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 47.20.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

Shareholders can expect a return on equity of 19.10%.  Calculated by dividing Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation’s annual earnings by its total assets, investors will note a return on assets of 13.20%.  Finally, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation’s return on investment stands at 17.20% when you divide the shareholder’s return by the cost.  The consensus analysts recommendation at this point stands at 2.80 for Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH).  This is based on a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.

When the stock market is doing well, there may be plenty of winners in the portfolio. Figuring out when to sell a winner can be a tricky proposition. Many investors will be quick to take profits while others may want to hold out for further gains. Selling winners too early or holding on to winners too long may have a negative impact on the trading portfolio. Finding that balance between securing profits and holding out to take higher profits in the future can be very helpful for the active investor. 

Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and information expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any company stakeholders, financial professionals, or analysts. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized to make stock portfolio or financial decisions as they are based only on limited and open source information. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of any analysts or financial professionals.

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