PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) shares fell on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) from Strong-Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust has a 52-week high of $17.38. The one-year price target of $17.03 is above the opening price of $16.82, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Material and crucial changes in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

Yesterday PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) shares last traded at $16.79, a decrease of $0.06 from the previous closing price. Opening at $16.82, they fluctuated from $16.72 and $16.83 throughout the day.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) currently has a market cap of 1.12B.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) Average Daily Trading Volume

23,877 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 15 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 64,554,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than 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 have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) 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 effective decisions on trades.

Trades for PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) have ranged from $10.96 – 17.38, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $16.86 and 200-day MA of $15.88. Today’s last price is 3.39%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.38.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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