PS Business Parks Inc. (PSB) stock steady after being downgraded at Citigroup Inc.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) shares fell on Tuesday Dec 13 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 DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Citigroup Inc. downgraded shares of PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) from Neutral to Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, PS Business Parks Inc. has a 52-week high of $117.00. A number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $112.50, higher than the opening price of $111.10, a difference of 9.98 percent. Material and integral changes in the company’s actions, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation.

Shares of PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) opened at $111.10 on Tuesday trading between $111.10 and $113.01, and last traded at $112.77, which represents a drop of $0.48 per share or -0.42% over the previous closing price.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) now has a market cap of 3.06B.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) Average Daily Trading Volume

9,095 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 19,640,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain 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.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) now has a 50-day MA of $109.09 and 200-day MA of $108.41. It has traded in a 52-week range between $81.27 – 117.00 and today’s last price is 3.62%% lower than the 52 week high of $117.00.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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