FTI Consulting Inc. (NYSE: FCN) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of FTI Consulting Inc. (NYSE: FCN) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, FTI Consulting Inc. has a 52-week high of $45.98. The one-year price target of $45.75 is higher than the opening price of $43.57, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Downgrades are more common when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, often caused by a considerable and integral digression in the company’s actions, future outlook 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 FTI Consulting Inc. (NYSE: FCN) opened at $43.57 yesterday trading between $42.95 and $43.62, and last traded at $43.46, which represents a jump of $0.14 compared to the previous closing price.

FTI Consulting Inc. (NYSE: FCN) currently has a market cap of 1.77B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 217,806 shares out of a total float 37,454,000 and some 128,295 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, FTI Consulting Inc. (NYSE: FCN) now has a 50-day MA of $43.34 and 200-day MA of $40.34. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.91 – 45.98 and today’s last price is 0.05% lower than the 52 week high of $45.98.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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