Multi-Color Corp. (LABL) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Shares of Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) were downgraded by analysts at KeyCorp in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Underweight on the stock, Multi-Color Corp. has a 52-week high of $76.50. The one-year price target of $74.50 is above the opening price of $72.65, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Material and crucial digressions in the company’s actions, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) shares last traded at $71.33, which is a dip of $3.88 per share or -5.15% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $72.65, they varied from $71.15 and $72.75 throughout the day.

Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) currently has a market cap of 1.21B.

Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 85,530 shares out of a total float 13,273,000 and some 15,009 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm. Investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) 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.

By marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders can make educated trades.

With that in mind, Multi-Color Corp. (NASDAQ: LABL) now has a 50-day MA of $68.17 and 200-day MA of $65.36. It has traded in a 52-week range between $40.16 – 76.500 and today’s last price is 6.77%% lower than the 52 week high of $76.50.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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