Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (GPK) stock slips after being downgraded at Bank of America Corp.

Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE: GPK) shares fell in early trading today 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 Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE: GPK) were downgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp. in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. The one-year price target of $15.58 is above the opening price of $13.83, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Graphic Packaging Holding Co. stock has a high of $14.70. Downgrades are more likely when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, often caused by a considerable and integral change in the company’s actions, future direction or industry.

Meanwhile, US stock opened lower amid concerns surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe into Deutsche Bank AG.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.25% slipped 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,162.

The Dow industrials DJIA, -0.26% fell 55 points, or 0.3%, to 18,252.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.11% was off 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,298

Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE: GPK) shares last traded at $13.68, which represents a drop of $0.31 per share or -0.02 from the previous closing price. Opening at $13.83, they ranged from $13.57 and $13.85 throughout the day.

Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE: GPK) currently has a market cap of 4.37B.

Graphic Packaging Holding Co.Trading Volume

1,030,790 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 314,583,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Graphic Packaging Holding Co. 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE: GPK) have ranged from $10.71 – 14.70, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $14.14 and 200-day MA of $13.36. Today’s last price is 0.07% lower than the 52 week high of $14.70.

Earnings growth is ann important factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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