Institutions Continue To Be Top Holders in EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM)

Based on the lastest quarterly filings, institutions continue to be large stakeholders in EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM).  The big banks are holding 99.35% of the shares while company insiders are clinging to 0.20%.  Shares of EPAM Systems, Inc. are currently valued at $246.09 with a furture target price of $244.60 according to research brokerages.  

Investors studying the fundamentals might be conducting in-depth company research before deciding when to purchase a particular stock. The investor checklist may include studying the scope of a company’s competitive industry advantage, examining company management, and trying to get a general feel if the stock is valued properly. Once the decision is made that the company is a good fit for the portfolio, it may be wise to assess whether or not current conditions and price levels indicate proper levels for share purchase. The timing of purchasing a researched stock obviously comes with some level of trepidation. Investors will only know in the future whether they got in at the right price. A stock that looks very attractive today may not be as attractive in the future. Sometimes the investor will just have to trust their research and instinct when purchasing shares. 

EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM)’s stock has been a favorite of “smart money” aka institutions, as of late.  Institutions are currently holders of 99.35% of the shares.  On the other hand, company insiders are holding 0.20%.  EPAM Systems, Inc.’s stock price currently sits at $246.09.

Recent Performance

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM)’s stock was 15.99%.  Over the last week of the month, it was -2.01%, 30.75% over the last quarter, and  14.79% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, EPAM Systems, Inc. stock was -4.61% off of the high and 27.36% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -4.61% (High), 61.93%, (Low). 

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.

EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 57.48.  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.

Another important element to consider is the price target and recommendations from brokerage firm analysts.  On a consensus basis the Street sees the stock heading to 244.60 in the near term.  Based on a 1 to 5 integer scale, analysts have a 2.20 recommendation on the name.

From time to time, investors may need to decide when to sell a winner. This can be one of the tougher portfolio decisions to make. When a winning stock keeps rising, it can be tough to part with it. Investors may become hesitant to sell because they don’t want to miss out on greater profits in the future. Sometimes this strategy will work, and other times investors may be watching all previous gains evaporate. Being able to sell a winner can provide obvious profits, and it may even be a confidence booster for the average investor. On the flip side, investors may also be faced with the decision of when to sell a loser. Even the most researched trades can go sour. Being able to detach from the trade mentally can end up saving the investor more grief down the line. Holding onto a stock with the hopes of a giant turnaround can be a recipe for portfolio disaster. Being able to cut losses is just as much a part of the process as being able to cash in winners. Learning from mistakes and being able to wipe the slate clean can help the investor be better prepared for future endeavors in the markets.   

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