Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $55.78 is above the opening price of $51.00, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Republic Services Inc. stock has a high of $52.92. Important and integral digressions in the company’s operations, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened 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 Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG) shares last traded at $50.76, which represents an increase of $0.05 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $51.00, they fluctuated from $50.71 and $51.38 throughout the day.

Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG) now has a market cap of 17.40B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,285,580 shares out of a total float 233,649,000 and some 1,585,787 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 87 percent higher than normal. Significant gains in trading volume and price inflation together could indicate excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look 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 have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence— traders can make educated trades.

Trades for Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG) have ranged from $40.05 – 52.92, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $50.83 and 200-day MA of $49.29. Today’s last price is 0.04% under the 52 week high of $52.92.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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