eMagin Co. (EMAN) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) shares fell on Thursday Nov 17 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, stocks opened flat this morning, struggling for direction in early trade ahead of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Ahead of an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen said an interest-rate hike could come “relatively soon,”

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% fell less than 0.1% to 2,176.85 while Dow Industrials DJIA, -0.05% fell 9 points to 18,858. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.18% declined 0.1% to 5,291.48.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and eMagin Co. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $4.00, above the opening price of $2.15, a difference of 18.60 percent. eMagin Co. stock has a 52-week high of $3.30. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation, often caused by a considerable and major change in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry.

eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) shares last traded at $2.15, which represents a drop of $0.05 per share or -2.27% from the previous closing price. Opening at $2.15, they ranged from $2.15 and $2.15 throughout the day.

eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) now has a market cap of 63.18M.

eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) Average Daily Trading Volume

775 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 18,222,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, eMagin Co. (NYSE: EMAN) now has a 50-day MA of $2.48 and 200-day MA of $2.28. It has traded in a 52-week range between $1.26 – 3.30 and today’s last price is 34.85%% lower than the 52 week high of $3.30.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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