Neogen Corp. (NEOG) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) shares rose on Thursday December 29 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, U.S. stocks were little changed in early trade Thursday. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.04% rose 0.1% to 2,252, while the Dow DJIA, +0.04% advanced 16 points to 19,850. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.04% was virtually flat at 5,439.

Shares of Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $62.25 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $66.51, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Neogen Corp. stock has a high of $69.09. Considerable and fundamental changes in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) shares last traded at $66.56, which represents an increase of $0.03 or 0.05% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $66.51, they varied from $66.51 and $67.00 throughout the day.

Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) now has a market cap of 2.53B.

Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) Average Daily Trading Volume

5,351 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 36,541,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) have ranged from $43.79 – 69.09, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $63.46 and 200-day MA of $57.52. Today’s last price is 3.66%% lower than the 52 week high of $69.09.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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