Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) stock slips after being downgraded at Vetr Inc.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares fell 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.

Analysts at Vetr Inc. downgraded shares of Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $43.08 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $43.87, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Yahoo Inc. stock has a high of $44.92. Considerable and major changes in the company’s actions, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.49% rose 88.55 points, or 0.5% to close at 18,329.04, yesterday.
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.46% closed up 9.92 points, or 0.5%, at 2,163.66

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.69% gained 36.27 points, or 0.7%, to finish at 5,328.67.

In early trading today however, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.63% dropped 103 points, or 0.6%, to 18,227.
The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.69% fell 12 points, or 0.6%, to 2,150, with all of its main sectors trading lower.

Meanwhile the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.79% fell 32 points, or 0.6%, to 5,295, dragged down by heavy losses in biotech stocks.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares last traded at $43.48, which represents a decrease of $0.44 per share or -0.01 from the previous closing price. Opening at $43.87, they varied from $43.46 and $44.08 throughout the day.

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) currently has a market cap of 41.38B.

Yahoo Inc.Trading Volume

1,030,989 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 807,635,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

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

Trades for Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) have ranged from $26.15 – 44.92, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $43.20 and 200-day MA of $39.07. Today’s last price is 0.03% below the 52 week high of $44.92.

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

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