Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Herbalife Ltd. has a 52-week high of $72.22. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $18.57, lower than the opening price of $60.62, a difference of 3.05 percent. Downgrades occur when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often caused by an important and fundamental digression in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) shares last traded at $60.93, a jump of $0.48 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $60.62, they ranged from $60.00 and $61.16 throughout the day.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) currently has a market cap of 5.66B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,249,740 shares out of a total float 66,899,000 and some 716,608 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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.

Institutional investors such as these 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.

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

Trades for Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) have ranged from $42.26 – 72.22, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $63.17 and 200-day MA of $61.23. Today’s last price is 0.16% lower than the 52 week high of $72.22.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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