Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Thor Industries Inc. has a 52-week high of $83.62. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $88.13, higher than the opening price of $80.25, a difference of 10.96 percent. Downgrades occur when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation, usually caused by a material and fundamental change in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) opened at $80.25 yesterday trading between $79.54 and $80.84, and last traded at $80.41, a jump of $0.76 from the previous closing price.

Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) now has a market cap of 4.22B.

498,921 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 50,685,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

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

Trades for Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) have ranged from $47.56 – 83.62, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $79.25 and 200-day MA of $68.93. Today’s last price is 0.04% below the 52 week high of $83.62.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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