Teekay Tankers Ltd. (TNK) stock steady after being downgraded at Clarkson Capital

Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: TNK) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Shares of Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: TNK) were downgraded by analysts at Clarkson Capital in a note to their investors today. Clarkson Capital currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Teekay Tankers Ltd. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $4.33, higher than the opening price of $2.46. Teekay Tankers Ltd. stock has a 52-week high of $8.53. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation, often because of an important and crucial change in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry.

Meanwhile, US stock opened lower amid concerns surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe into Deutsche Bank AG.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.25% slipped 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,162.

The Dow industrials DJIA, -0.26% fell 55 points, or 0.3%, to 18,252.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.11% was off 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,298

Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: TNK) shares last traded at $2.50, which represents a drop of $0.03 per share or -0.01 from the previous closing price. Opening at $2.46, they fluctuated from $2.44 and $2.50 throughout the day.

Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: TNK) now has a market cap of 390.75M.

Teekay Tankers Ltd.Trading Volume

304,884 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 115,455,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Teekay Tankers Ltd. 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 winning trades.

Trades for Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: TNK) have ranged from $2.42 – 8.53, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $2.64 and 200-day MA of $3.24. Today’s last price is 0.71% lower than the 52 week high of $8.53.

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

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