Recent trading patterns in the stock of Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) have investors on high alert. Many experts agree that the best way to predict future performance is by studying the past. In the cast of BOX, these trading patterns could have some important implications for future performance. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership increased by a net of 29.7 million shares, or 38.55%.This is a bullish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for BOX overall.144 holders increased their positions, 51 decreased their positions, and 15 holders held their positions.

Among institutions that increased their positions, 55 were new positions. Among holders that decreased their positions, 23 sold out of the stock Box, Inc.. Insider ownership during the latest quarter increased by a net of 233056 shares, indicating that BOX’s key executives are feeling more bullish about the stock than they did three months ago. 21 or 48.84% of the trades during the past quarter were buys, and 22 or 51.16% were sells. This activity represents a continuation of a theme over the past twelve months. Insider ownership during the last year has increased by a net of 410079 shares. 50.36% of insider trades in the last 12 months were buys, and 49.64% were sells.

Over the past year, the price of Box, Inc. (BOX) has increased 26.07% while the S&P 500 has increased 19.49%. During the past 20 days, BOX has increased 2.89% while the broad market has increased 1.94%. BOX ‘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. BOX’s average trading volume during the past 20 days is lower than the average volume over the past 100 days, which could be an indication that investors are feeling less certain than usual about the direction of BOX’s future price movements.

Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) has a 20-day RSI of 54.40%. 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. BOX’s 9-day MACD currently sits below the 20-day MACD, indicating that BOX’s upside momentum has decreased during the last three weeks. This suggests that the trend might soon reverse. BOX’s average trading volatility during the past few weeks is 3.54% higher than the average volatility over the past 100 days. This means that the stock’s daily price swings have been more extreme in recent times compared to the past.

Analysts expect Box, Inc. (BOX) to generate earnings per share of $1.15 in 2017. This works out to a decrease of -3.36% 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 BOX on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong sell and 5 being a strong buy) is a 4.44 or a Moderate Buy. Three months ago, analysts assigned BOX a 4.11 rating, which implies that analysts have become more optimistic about the outlook for the stock over the next year.