Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) from Strong-Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $26.88 is higher than the opening price of $20.90, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Matador Resources Co. stock has a high of $28.25. Important and crucial changes in the company’s procedures, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) opened at $20.90 yesterday trading between $20.45 and $20.96, and last traded at $20.49, which is a dip of $0.51 compared to the previous closing price.

Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) currently has a market cap of 1.91B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,540,350 shares out of a total float 81,962,000 and some 1,259,586 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 66 percent lower than the average. Investors often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

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

Traders can make well planned trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) have ranged from $11.13 – 28.25, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.56 and 200-day MA of $21.41. Today’s last price is 0.27% under the 52 week high of $28.25.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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