GameStop Corp. (GME) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) shares rose on Monday Nov 14 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 as investors continued to try and decipher policy proposals of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.11% rose 21.03 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 18,868.69, its third straight record close. The blue-chip index had also touched a historic high of 18,934.05 during the session.
The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% fell 0.25 points to end at 2,164.20, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.36% dropped 18.72 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,218.40.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) from Hold to Strong Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Strong Sell on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $39.77. The one-year price target of $26.61 is above the opening price of $22.44, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Material and major digressions in the company’s actions, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) shares last traded at $22.99, which is a jump of $0.67 or 3.00% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $22.44, they fluctuated from $22.40 and $23.29 throughout the day.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) currently has a market cap of 2.39B.

GameStop Corp.Average Daily Trading Volume

2,075,709 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 101,753,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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 have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

GameStop Corp. 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 GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) have ranged from $20.10 – 39.77, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.89 and 200-day MA of $27.93. Today’s last price is 42.19%% under the 52 week high of $39.77.

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

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