Taking a look at shares of Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ:RPD), we can see that the average consensus target price based on contributing analysts is currently $37.92. Sell-side analysts often provide price target projections on where they believe the stock will be headed in the future. Because price target projections are essentially the opinions of covering analysts, they have the ability to vary widely from one analyst to another. Many investors will keep a close eye on target prices, especially when analysts provide fresh updates. A well-researched analyst report will typically offer a solid, detailed case for why the analyst believes that the stock will eventually hit the target. Investors might choose to rely heavily on analyst research and corresponding target predictions, or they may choose to use them as a guide to supplement their own research.

Investors are constantly trying to make smarter decisions when it comes to dealing with the stock market. There are so many choices out there that it may become completely overwhelming at first. Starting with a baseline approach can help ease the burden of too much information. Developing the proper investment knowledge may take a lot of time and effort. Many investors may find out the hard way that shortcuts are not the answer to achieving long-term success in the stock market. Many people may occasionally get lucky and think they can do no wrong. Over time, this type of investor may see profits start to shrink and losses start to pile up. Many investors are bombarded with hot investment tips. It can be very tempting to take advice from someone who has actually made money in the markets previously. However, the old adage remains the same; past results may not indicate future results. Thinking that something that has worked in the past will no doubt work in the future can be a recipe for portfolio disaster. Individual investors who do their own thorough research should be much better positioned to make the proper decisions when the time comes. 

As earnings season comes into focus, investors will be closely tracking sell-side estimates. According to analysts polled by Zacks Research, the current quarter EPS consensus estimate is currently sitting at -0.09 for shares of Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ:RPD). The number consists of estimates provided by 7 contributing analysts. For the last reporting period, the company posted a quarterly EPS of -0.04. The consensus estimate for last quarter before the earnings report was -0.13. Looking out further to the next quarter EPS estimate, the consensus is currently resting at -0.06. This consensus estimate includes 5 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks. Shifting the focus to the current fiscal year EPS estimate, the number is currently -0.59. Widening the gaze to the next fiscal year, we can see that the consensus EPS estimate is presently -0.45.

Diversification can be an important aspect of any investor’s portfolio. Investors may choose to spread out stock holdings between foreign stocks and stocks with different market capitalizations. Investors may have to first become aware of the risk associated with owning a wide variety of stocks. Owning stocks that belong to different industries may also be a help to the success of the portfolio. Often times, sectors may trade off being market leaders. Owning all one sector may leave too much risk exposed if the sector suddenly tanks and falls out of favor with investors. Investors may need to occasionally do a strategic review of the equity portion of the portfolio. Knowing exactly what is held may help the investor when the time comes to make some adjustments.

Checking in on stock price activity for Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ:RPD), we have recently seen shares trading near the $33.82 mark. Investors will often track the current stock price in relation to its 52-week high and low levels. The 52-week high is currently $39.1, and the 52-week low is presently $18.66. When the current stock price is trading close to either the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors may pay closer attention to see if there will be a breakthrough that level. Over the past 12 weeks, the stock has seen a change of -6.75%. Going back to the start of the calendar year, we can see that shares have moved 81.24%. Pulling the focus closer to the past 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of 2.98%. Over the past 5 trading days, the stock has moved 3.71%.

Taking a quick look at analyst opinions, we can see that the current average broker recommendation on shares of Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ:RPD) is presently 1.67. Out of the covering analysts polled by Zacks Research, 9 have put a Strong Buy or Buy rating on the stock.

Investors might be trying to figure out the best way to approach the stock market. After creating a plan that includes a list of stocks to purchase, investors may be looking to gauge the best time to enter the trade. With markets still cruising along at high altitudes, investors may be worried about buying at the top. Most individuals would probably agree that getting out before the market drops would be the best play. Obviously this is much easier said than done. If the warning signs were blatant, everyone would know exactly when to sell and when to re-buy. When the stock market has a big decline, the natural instinct is generally to sell in order to protect gains or eliminate further losses. Trying to time the market can have negative implications for investors who are not prepared to handle extremely volatile market conditions. Being prepared for any sudden change in the overall economy or stock market conditions may help the investor stay afloat for the long haul.

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