Seaspan Corp. (SSW) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) shares rose on Wednesday Dec 28 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, U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher towards the 20,000 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% rose 3.1 points to 19,949, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.39% lost 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,266 while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% slipped 6.4 points, or 0.1%, to 5,482.

Shares of Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Sell on the shares, Seaspan Corp. has a 52-week high of $20.00. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Seaspan Corp. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $11.80, above the opening price of $8.85, a difference of 13.27 percent. Important and major changes in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Shares of Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) opened at $8.85 on Tuesday trading between $8.85 and $8.97, and last traded at $8.89, an increase of $0.08 or 0.91% compared to the previous closing price.

Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) now has a market cap of 936.09M.

Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) Average Daily Trading Volume

77,212 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 45,154,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Zacks Investment Research (Seaspan Corp.: NYSE) now has a 50-day MA of $9.28 and 200-day MA of $12.79. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.08 – 20.00 and today’s last price is 55.55%% lower than the 52 week high of $20.00.

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

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