Fortive Corp. (FTV) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) shares rose yesterday on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Shares of Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $52.77 is higher than the opening price of $51.02, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Fortive Corp. stock has a high of $54.34. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation, usually due to a material and major digression in the company’s operations, future direction or industry.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.62% finished up 112.58 points, or 0.6%, at 18,281.03 yesterday.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.50% rose 26.36 points, or 0.5%, to end at 5,316.02, and is up 0.1% for the week to date.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.43% added 9.24 points, or 0.4%, to close at 2,159.73.

Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) shares last traded at $50.94, a spike of $0.13 or 0.00 from the previous closing price. Opening at $51.02, they fluctuated from $50.60 and $51.29 throughout the day.

Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) currently has a market cap of 17.60B.

Fortive Corp.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,124,560 shares out of a total float 304,411,000 and some 884,504 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

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

Fortive Corp. 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more useful judgments on trades.

With that in mind, Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV) now has a 50-day MA of $51.56 and 200-day MA of $50.90. It has traded in a 52-week range between $46.29 – 54.34 and today’s last price is 0.06% lower than the 52 week high of $54.34.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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