Sealed Air Corporation (SEE) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) shares fell on Tuesday February 14 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Shares of Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Strong Sell on the shares. The one-year price target of $52.57 is above the opening price of $46.88, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Sealed Air Corporation stock has a high of $52.83. Downgrades are more common when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, usually caused by a material and major digression in the company’s actions, future direction or industry.

Shares of Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) opened at $46.88 yesterday and traded in a range between, $46.87 and $47.08, and last traded at $46.96, which represents a dip of $0.03 compared to the previous closing price.

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) currently has a market cap of 9.04B.

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) Average Daily Trading Volume

139,245 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 9 percent below normal, out of a total float 190,601,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) now has a 50-day MA of $48.06 and 200-day MA of $46.69. It has traded in a 52-week range between $42.01 – 52.83 and today’s last price is 11.11%% lower than the 52 week high of $52.83.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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