Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) shares fall following downgrade at Credit Suisse Group

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) shares fell on Wednesday Jan 4 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 opened higher on Wednesday as banking stocks led the Dow Jones Industrial Average closer to the 20,000 milestone.

The Dow DJIA, +0.18% gained 25 points, or 0.1%, to 19,906. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.36% climbed four points, or 0.2%, to 2,262. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.50% added 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,447.

Analysts at Credit Suisse Group downgraded shares of Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) from Outperform to Neutral in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, Baker Hughes Incorporated has a 52-week high of $68.59. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $67.88, above the opening price of $64.08, a difference of 10.49 percent. Downgrades are more common when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, often due to a considerable and fundamental digression in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry.

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) shares last traded at $64.69, which is a decrease of $0.34 per share or -0.01 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $64.08, they fluctuated from $64.08 and $64.89 throughout the day.

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) now has a market cap of 27.82B.

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,096,670 shares out of a total float 398,321,000 and some 183,508 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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.

Professional investors such as these 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.

Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) have ranged from $37.58 – 68.59, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $64.21 and 200-day MA of $53.23. Today’s last price is 0.06% lower than the 52 week high of $68.59.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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