Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $263.38, above the opening price of $241.14, a difference of 10.80 percent. Lockheed Martin Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $266.93. Material and major 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 weakened from the original 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.

Shares of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) opened at $241.14 yesterday trading between $240.62 and $243.87, and last traded at $243.82, which represents a jump of $3.34 from the previous closing price.

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) now has a market cap of 73.85B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,667,430 shares out of a total float 259,684,000 and some 1,660,597 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research 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.

Trades for Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) have ranged from $199.01 – 266.93, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $248.86 and 200-day MA of $239.80. Today’s last price is 0.09% lower than the 52 week high of $266.93.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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