ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $20.90, a decrease compared to the opening price of $22.39, a difference of 9.28 percent. ABB Ltd. stock has a 52-week high of $22.78. Downgrades occur when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, often because of a considerable and major digression in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) opened at $22.39 yesterday and traded in a range between, $22.23 and $22.52, and last traded at $22.51, which represents an increase of $0.38 over the previous closing price.

ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) currently has a market cap of 47.88B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,719,230 shares out of a total float 1,742,054,000 and some 1,452,497 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, just a day of significant buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Traders are able to make make more impactful decisions on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, ABB Ltd. (NYSE: ABB) now has a 50-day MA of $22.00 and 200-day MA of $20.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $15.74 – 22.78 and today’s last price is 0.01% lower than the 52 week high of $22.78.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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