Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $71.50, above the opening price of $68.13, a difference of 10.57 percent. Science Applications International Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $72.50. Material and fundamental changes 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 original 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 Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) opened at $68.13 yesterday and traded in a range between, $67.62 and $68.42, and last traded at $67.65, which represents a dip of $0.20 over the previous closing price.

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) now has a market cap of 2.99B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 234,625 shares out of a total float 43,738,000 and some 200,691 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 78 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods 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 cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

By marking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders are able to make make smarter trades.

Trades for Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) have ranged from $39.28 – 72.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $63.62 and 200-day MA of $56.67. Today’s last price is 0.07% under the 52 week high of $72.50.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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