Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (SFE) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) shares fell 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.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Safeguard Scientifics Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $22.75, higher than the opening price of $14.00, a difference of 16.56 percent. Safeguard Scientifics Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $14.75. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s actions, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

Shares of Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) opened at $14.00 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $13.60 and $14.10, and last traded at $13.74, which represents a dip of $0.16 per share or -1.15% over the previous closing price.

Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) now has a market cap of 278.07M.

Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) Average Daily Trading Volume

24,355 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 19,939,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Safeguard Scientifics Inc. (NYSE: SFE) now has a 50-day MA of $12.11 and 200-day MA of $12.75. It has traded in a 52-week range between $10.60 – 14.75 and today’s last price is 6.85%% lower than the 52 week high of $14.75.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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