Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $19.53. The one-year price target of $19.00 is above the opening price of $15.79, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Downgrades are more common when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation, usually due to a considerable and crucial digression in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT) shares last traded at $16.33, which represents a jump of $1.00 from the previous closing price. Opening at $15.79, they ranged from $15.66 and $16.38 throughout the day.

Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT) currently has a market cap of 841.04M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 834,853 shares out of a total float 50,001,000 and some 696,958 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Unit Corp. (NYSE: UNT) have ranged from $3.90 – 19.53, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $16.13 and 200-day MA of $13.59. Today’s last price is 0.16% under the 52 week high of $19.53.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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