Recent trading patterns in the stock of Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX) have investors on high alert. Performance is ultimately what matters to investors, and it’s worth taking a look at the data to get a sense of where SKX might be headed in the future. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership increased by a net of 9.88 million shares, or 8.69%.This is a bullish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for SKX overall.160 holders increased their positions, 120 decreased their positions, and 34 holders held their positions.

Among institutions that increased their positions, 40 were new positions. Among holders that decreased their positions, 48 sold out of the stock Skechers U.S.A., Inc.. Insider ownership during the latest quarter decreased by a net of 1004 shares, indicating that SKX’s key executives are feeling more bearish about the stock than they did three months ago. Insider ownership during the last year has increased by a net of 185925 shares. 11.11% of insider trades in the last 12 months were buys, and 88.89% were sells.

Over the past year, the price of Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (SKX) has increased 9.96% while the S&P 500 has increased 19.49%. During the past 20 days, SKX has decreased -3.50% while the broad market has increased 1.94%. SKX ‘s 20-day moving average currently sits above its 100-day moving average. This is a bullish signal that suggests the stock price might continue to rise. SKX’s average trading volume during the past 20 days is higher than the average volume over the past 100 days, which could be an indication that investors are feeling more certain than usual about the direction of SKX’s future price movements.

Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX) has a 20-day RSI of 43.01%. According to this momentum indicator, a reading between 30 and 70 suggests the stock is not especially cheap or expensive, and not on the brink of a trend reversal. The MACD tells a different story. SKX’s 9-day MACD currently sits above the 20-day MACD, indicating that the stock might be on the cusp of an uptrend. SKX’s average trading volatility during the past few weeks is -7.92% lower than the average volatility over the past 100 days. This means that the stock’s daily price swings have been less extreme in recent times compared to the past.

Analysts expect Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (SKX) to generate earnings per share of $1.54 in 2017. This works out to a decrease of -1.91% compared to last year’s earnings. For comparison’s sake, analysts expect the S&P 500 to grow earnings by an average of 12% in 2017. The average investment rating for SKX on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong sell and 5 being a strong buy) is a 4.56 or a Moderate Buy. Three months ago, analysts assigned SKX a 4.40 rating, which implies that analysts have become more optimistic about the outlook for the stock over the next year.