Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $73.79 is higher than the opening price of $69.33, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Dover Corp. stock has a high of $74.90. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

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 Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) opened at $69.33 yesterday and traded in a range between, $69.10 and $70.65, and last traded at $70.54, which is an increase of $1.56 compared to the previous closing price.

Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) now has a market cap of 10.95B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,234,990 shares out of a total float 152,766,000 and some 1,190,805 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more impactful decisions on trades.

Trades for Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) have ranged from $50.91 – 74.90, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $72.13 and 200-day MA of $68.43. Today’s last price is 0.06% below the 52 week high of $74.90.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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