Sabre Corporation (SABR) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) shares fell on Tuesday February 14 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Shares of Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Strong Sell on the shares. The one-year price target of $26.82 is above the opening price of $22.03, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Sabre Corporation stock has a high of $29.76. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation.

Shares of Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) opened at $22.03 yesterday and traded in a range between, $21.74 and $22.09, and last traded at $22.06, a drop of $0.21 over the previous closing price.

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) currently has a market cap of 6.15B.

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) Average Daily Trading Volume

543,865 shares traded hands yesterday, 82 percent below normal, out of a total float 187,362,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) have ranged from $21.42 – 29.76, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.42 and 200-day MA of $26.03. Today’s last price is 25.87%% under the 52 week high of $29.76.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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