QEP Resources Inc. (NYSE: QEP) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of QEP Resources Inc. (NYSE: QEP) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and QEP Resources Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $25.47, above the opening price of $17.05. QEP Resources Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $20.96. Important and integral changes in the company’s actions, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Yesterday QEP Resources Inc. (NYSE: QEP) shares last traded at $17.07, a decrease of $0.02 over the previous closing price. Opening at $17.05, they fluctuated from $16.68 and $17.25 throughout the day.

QEP Resources Inc. (NYSE: QEP) now has a market cap of 4.09B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 5,108,450 shares out of a total float 208,049,000 and some 3,789,588 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 81 percent below the average. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

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

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

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

Trades for QEP Resources Inc. (NYSE: QEP) have ranged from $8.54 – 20.96, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $18.91 and 200-day MA of $17.14. Today’s last price is 0.19% lower than the 52 week high of $20.96.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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