HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) from Buy to Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, HNI Corp. has a 52-week high of $56.96. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $56.00, above the opening price of $40.50, a difference of 13.96 percent. considerable and integral digressions in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

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.

Yesterday HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) shares last traded at $40.11, a drop of $0.86 over the previous closing price. Opening at $40.50, they ranged from $39.30 and $42.17 throughout the day.

HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) currently has a market cap of 1.78B.

867,916 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, above the average, out of a total float 43,839,000. Significant gains in trading volume and price growth together could indicate heavy volume aggregation by institutional investors.

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 signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

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

Trades for HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) have ranged from $29.84 – 56.96, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $53.24 and 200-day MA of $46.27. Today’s last price is 0.30% below the 52 week high of $56.96.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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