Team Health Holdings Inc. (TMH) shares fall following downgrade at Stephens

Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) shares fell on Monday Nov 21 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, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at Stephens downgraded shares of Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) from Overweight to Equal Weight in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Equal Weight on the shares, Team Health Holdings Inc. has a 52-week high of $57.91. The one-year price target of $43.85 is higher than the opening price of $42.05, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Downgrades happen when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation, usually caused by a material and integral change in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) shares last traded at $42.00, which is a drop of $0.05 per share or -0.12% from the previous closing price. Opening at $42.05, they fluctuated from $41.90 and $42.15 throughout the day.

Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) now has a market cap of 3.13B.

Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) Average Daily Trading Volume

283,523 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 61,304,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy 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.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence—it allows for traders to make more useful decisions on trades.

Trades for Team Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TMH) have ranged from $30.83 – 57.91, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $39.91 and 200-day MA of $39.97. Today’s last price is 27.47%% lower than the 52 week high of $57.91.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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