Innospec Inc. (IOSP) stock slips after being downgraded at Monness Crespi & Hardt

Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) shares fell on Monday Dec 19 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 Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Shares of Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) were downgraded by analysts at Monness Crespi & Hardt in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the stock, Innospec Inc. has a 52-week high of $73.40. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $66.25, a decrease compared to the opening price of $70.00. Material and crucial digressions in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) shares last traded at $69.25, which represents a decrease of $1.80 per share or -2.53% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $70.00, they varied from $69.25 and $70.25 throughout the day.

Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) currently has a market cap of 1.66B.

Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) Average Daily Trading Volume

22,254 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 23,340,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch 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.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) 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.

Traders are able to make make well planned trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ: IOSP) have ranged from $41.61 – 73.40, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $64.46 and 200-day MA of $57.32. Today’s last price is 5.65%% below the 52 week high of $73.40.

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

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