Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (CNSL) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) shares fell back in value 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 upgraded 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $23.00 is less than the opening price of $27.63, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. stock has a high of $30.23. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) opened at $27.63 on Tuesday trading between $27.24 and $27.88, and last traded at $27.27, which represents a decrease of $0.21 per share or -0.01 compared to the previous closing price.

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) now has a market cap of 1.38B.

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) Average Daily Trading Volume

38,656 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 49,152,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) 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 winning trades.

Trades for Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) have ranged from $17.76 – 30.23, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $27.83 and 200-day MA of $25.99. Today’s last price is 0.10% lower than the 52 week high of $30.23.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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