Rockwell Automation Inc. (ROK) stock coverage initiated with “Sell” at Berenberg Bank

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) shares fell in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Analysts at Berenberg Bank initiated coverage on Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) stock, starting the company at Sell. Berenberg Bank currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $111.47, less than the opening price of $121.61, a difference of 9.20 percent. Rockwell Automation Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $123.11. Price changes targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Meanwhile, US stock opened lower amid concerns surrounding the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe into Deutsche Bank AG.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.25% slipped 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,162.

The Dow industrials DJIA, -0.26% fell 55 points, or 0.3%, to 18,252.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.11% was off 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,298

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) shares last traded at $121.11, which is a drop of $1.23 per share or -0.01 from the previous closing price. Opening at $121.61, they varied from $119.14 and $121.61 throughout the day.

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) now has a market cap of 15.67B.

Rockwell Automation Inc.Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 743,702 shares out of a total float 128,520,000 and some 366,347 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

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 research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Rockwell Automation Inc. 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) now has a 50-day MA of $116.88 and 200-day MA of $115.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $87.53 – 123.11 and today’s last price is 0.02% lower than the 52 week high of $123.11.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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