Charter Communications, Inc. (CHTR) stock slips after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) 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 Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Strong Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $0.50 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $286.98, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Charter Communications, Inc. stock has a high of $294.87. Downgrades occur when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation, often because of an important and crucial change in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Shares of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) opened at $286.98 on Tuesday trading between $284.23 and $288.07, and last traded at $284.38, a decrease of $1.39 per share or 0.00 over the previous closing price.

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) currently has a market cap of 76.97B.

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) Average Daily Trading Volume

146,819 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 206,146,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) 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 Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) have ranged from $156.13 – 294.870, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $279.42 and 200-day MA of $258.51. Today’s last price is 0.04% under the 52 week high of $294.87.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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