Colony Capital, Inc (CLNY) shares fall following downgrade at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) 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 Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded shares of Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) from Outperform to Market Perform in a research note to investors today. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a rating of Market Perform on the stock. The one-year price target of $25.75 is above the opening price of $21.33, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Colony Capital, Inc stock has a high of $21.62. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Shares of Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) opened at $21.33 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $21.28 and $21.62, and last traded at $21.50, which represents a dip of $0.07 per share or 0.00 from the previous closing price.

Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) currently has a market cap of 2.45B.

Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) Average Daily Trading Volume

263,346 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 94,616,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) 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.

Trades for Colony Capital, Inc (NYSE: CLNY) have ranged from $14.73 – 21.620, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $20.41 and 200-day MA of $18.49. Today’s last price is 0.01% below the 52 week high of $21.62.

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

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