Trex Co. (TREX) stock Holds On after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 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 opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $72.21. The one-year price target of $57.75 is less than the opening price of $66.06, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Considerable and major 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 initial recommendation.

Shares of Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) opened at $66.06 on Tuesday trading between $65.86 and $67.24, and last traded at $66.55, an increase of $0.76 or 1.16% compared to the previous closing price.

Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) currently has a market cap of 2.05B.

Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) Average Daily Trading Volume

26,596 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 29,120,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While higher 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 expresses a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These instituitional investors 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.

Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) 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.

Traders can make smarter trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Trex Co. (NYSE: TREX) have ranged from $31.11 – 72.21, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $59.93 and 200-day MA of $53.78. Today’s last price is 7.84%% below the 52 week high of $72.21.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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