Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $29.71. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Rollins Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $29.00, a decrease compared to the opening price of $29.11, a difference of 10.03 percent. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation, often caused by a considerable and major change in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

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 Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) shares last traded at $28.92, which represents a decrease of $0.07 from the previous closing price. Opening at $29.11, they fluctuated from $28.80 and $29.28 throughout the day.

Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) currently has a market cap of 6.31B.

1,675,726 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 23 percent higher than normal, out of a total float 94,591,000. Heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of substantial increases in trading volume and price growth can be deciding components.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

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

With that in mind, Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) now has a 50-day MA of $28.36 and 200-day MA of $28.00. It has traded in a 52-week range between $23.69 – 29.71 and today’s last price is 0.03% lower than the 52 week high of $29.71.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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