Goldcorp Inc. (GG) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) shares fell on Monday Dec 19 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, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Analysts at BMO Capital Markets downgraded shares of Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) from Outperform to Market Perform in a research note to investors today. BMO Capital Markets currently has a rating of Market Perform on the stock. The one-year price target of $19.31 is higher than the opening price of $12.41, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Goldcorp Inc. stock has a high of $20.38. Material and integral changes in the company’s actions, future vision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) shares last traded at $12.25, a dip of $0.28 per share or -2.23% from the previous closing price. Opening at $12.41, they fluctuated from $12.19 and $12.46 throughout the day.

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) now has a market cap of 10.46B.

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,664,975 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 847,842,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) 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.

Traders can make more impactful judgments on trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) have ranged from $9.46 – 20.38, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $13.75 and 200-day MA of $16.34. Today’s last price is 39.89%% under the 52 week high of $20.38.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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