General Dynamics Corp. (GD) stock Holds On after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 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, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Shares of General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $176.65 is above the opening price of $175.81, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, General Dynamics Corp. stock has a high of $177.36. Downgrades happen when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often because of a considerable and major digression in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) shares last traded at $176.73, a jump of $1.38 or 0.78% from the previous closing price. Opening at $175.81, they varied from $175.59 and $177.36 throughout the day.

General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) now has a market cap of 53.71B.

General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,402,530 shares out of a total float 293,610,000 and some 180,828 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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 retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) now has a 50-day MA of $157.43 and 200-day MA of $149.31. It has traded in a 52-week range between $121.61 – 177.360 and today’s last price is 0.36%% lower than the 52 week high of $177.36.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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