BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) stock slips after being downgraded at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) 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.

Shares of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) were downgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) in a note to their investors today. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $415.85 is above the opening price of $384.70, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, BlackRock, Inc. stock has a high of $399.46. Downgrades occur when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, often due to an important and major change in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Shares of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) opened at $384.70 on Tuesday trading between $383.25 and $385.79, and last traded at $384.56, a drop of $1.88 per share or 0.00 compared to the previous closing price.

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) now has a market cap of 63.01B.

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 741,808 shares out of a total float 158,472,000 and some 94,211 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) have ranged from $280.55 – 399.460, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $380.91 and 200-day MA of $363.75. Today’s last price is 0.04% lower than the 52 week high of $399.46.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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