VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY) shares fall following downgrade at Vetr Inc.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) shares rose on Monday Dec 19 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, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Analysts at Vetr Inc. downgraded shares of VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. The one-year price target of $18.66 is above the opening price of $18.42, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, VeriFone Systems Inc. stock has a high of $29.73. Considerable and fundamental changes in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) shares last traded at $18.79, a jump of $0.36 or 1.95% from the previous closing price. Opening at $18.42, they fluctuated from $18.42 and $18.82 throughout the day.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) now has a market cap of 2.09B.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,417,280 shares out of a total float 110,500,000 and some 432,661 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, VeriFone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) now has a 50-day MA of $16.76 and 200-day MA of $17.96. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.94 – 29.73 and today’s last price is 36.80%% lower than the 52 week high of $29.73.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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