Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) shares fall following downgrade at Deutsche Bank AG

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) shares fell on Wednesday Nov 23 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank AG downgraded shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has a 52-week high of $32.83. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $15.30, higher than the opening price of $15.16, a difference of 10.07 percent. Downgrades are more likely when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, often caused by a material and major change in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) opened at $15.16 on Tuesday trading between $15.10 and $15.33, and last traded at $15.20, which represents a dip of $0.29 per share or -1.87% from the previous closing price.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) currently has a market cap of 1.03B.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,640,500 shares out of a total float 67,200,000 and some 324,864 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) 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, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) now has a 50-day MA of $15.50 and 200-day MA of $18.69. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.00 – 32.83 and today’s last price is 53.70%% lower than the 52 week high of $32.83.

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

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