Institutional Activity Declining in Shares of Imperva, Inc. (NYSE:IMPV)

According to the latest filings, institutions owning shares of Imperva, Inc. (NYSE:IMPV) have decreased their positions by -1.99%.  Institutions now own 99.90% of the company.

Investors who are new to picking stocks may find themselves tempted to buy shares that have been recently rising the most. Although the traditional advice is to buy low and sell high, novice investors often do just the opposite. Buying a particular stock just because it has been rising recently may end up leaving the investor shaking their head down the road. Expecting that a stock will continue to ride the wave higher can lead to disappointment when momentum suddenly shifts. Studying the fundamentals of a certain company can help the investor gauge if the stock is a worthy buy at current levels.

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 often look favorably upon stocks who have a large amount of institutional ownership.  These large companies often employ a team of analysts to perform financial research before purchasing a large block of stock, making their decisions influential in the eyes of other investors.

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.

Imperva, Inc. (NYSE:IMPV)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 36.87.  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.

When examining current stock market levels, investors who have been staying on the sidelines may be wondering if now is a good time to get back into the ring. Nobody can say for sure if momentum will continue to push to the upside, and investors may be overly cautious at this stage. Studying company financials and paying attention to pertinent economic data can help the investor make more educated decisions when it comes to the stock market. It is obviously very hard for a new investor to become highly successful in the stock market right out of the gate. Doing all the homework and dedicating the proper amount of time can help the investor get on the right track to accumulating profits down the road.

Shareholders can expect a return on equity of -9.20%.  Calculated by dividing Imperva, Inc.’s annual earnings by its total assets, investors will note a return on assets of -5.50%.  Finally, Imperva, Inc.’s return on investment stands at -4.60% when you divide the shareholder’s return by the cost.  The consensus analysts recommendation at this point stands at 2.70 for Imperva, Inc. (NYSE:IMPV).  This is based on a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.

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