Texas Roadhouse Inc. (TXRH) stock steady after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) shares rose yesterday 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 Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $49.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Texas Roadhouse Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $44.94, higher than the opening price of $37.79. Downgrades happen when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, often caused by a considerable and major change in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks closed flat Thursday as trading stayed lukewarm in the wait for the nonfarm-payrolls report. U.S. employment growth likely picked up in September, putting pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates

For the week so far, the Dow industrials DJIA, -0.07% are down 0.2%, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.05% is off 0.4%, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.17% has lost 0.1%.

Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) shares last traded at $38.17, which is an increase of $0.18 or 0.00 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $37.79, they varied from $37.55 and $38.31 throughout the day.

Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) currently has a market cap of 2.69B.

Texas Roadhouse Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 984,088 shares out of a total float 64,240,000 and some 837,771 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So 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 substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Texas Roadhouse Inc. 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Texas Roadhouse Inc. (NASDAQ: TXRH) have ranged from $33.06 – 49.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $42.85 and 200-day MA of $44.19. Today’s last price is 0.22% under the 52 week high of $49.00.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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