Caleres Inc. (CAL) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) shares fell on Tuesday Dec 13 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, the Dow DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Shares of Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) were downgraded by analysts at CL King in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $36.41. The one-year price target of $33.71 is lower than the opening price of $33.85, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Material and integral digressions in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Shares of Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) opened at $33.85 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $33.81 and $35.15, and last traded at $34.85, which represents a dip of $0.58 per share or -1.64% compared to the previous closing price.

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) currently has a market cap of 1.50B.

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 309,445 shares out of a total float 41,285,000 and some 33,179 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive cue 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful judgments on trades.

Trades for Caleres Inc. (NYSE: CAL) have ranged from $21.27 – 36.41, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $28.92 and 200-day MA of $26.19. Today’s last price is 4.28%% lower than the 52 week high of $36.41.

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

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