Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (VRX) shares fall following downgrade at Mizuho

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) shares fell on Wednesday Nov 23 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, in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) were downgraded by analysts at Mizuho in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Underperform on the stock, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has a 52-week high of $119.87. The one-year price target of $25.39 is higher than the opening price of $17.24, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Material and major digressions in the company’s operations, future vision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) shares last traded at $17.21, which represents a dip of $0.62 per share or -3.48% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $17.24, they fluctuated from $16.87 and $17.48 throughout the day.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) currently has a market cap of 5.98B.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,611,400 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 301,228,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate 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.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) 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.

Trades for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) have ranged from $13.77 – 119.8700, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $20.53 and 200-day MA of $24.26. Today’s last price is 85.64%% lower than the 52 week high of $119.87.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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