PS Business Parks Inc. (PSB) stock steady after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) 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 PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $112.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $113.66, a difference of 9.83 percent. PS Business Parks Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $117.00. Considerable and integral changes in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) shares last traded at $114.43, which represents an increase of $1.12 or 0.99% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $113.66, they varied from $113.66 and $115.90 throughout the day.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) now has a market cap of 3.10B.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,959 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 19,640,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look 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 professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, PS Business Parks Inc. (NYSE: PSB) now has a 50-day MA of $111.03 and 200-day MA of $109.33. It has traded in a 52-week range between $81.27 – 117.00 and today’s last price is 2.20%% lower than the 52 week high of $117.00.

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

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