Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) shares fell in early trading yesterday 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 edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Shares of Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) were downgraded by analysts at Vetr Inc. in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $9.00 is above the opening price of $8.68, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Nordic American Tankers Limited stock has a high of $16.18. Downgrades occur when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation, usually caused by a material and integral digression in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Yesterday Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) shares last traded at $8.55, which represents a dip of $0.14 from the previous closing price. Opening at $8.68, they ranged from $8.48 and $8.70 throughout the day.

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) currently has a market cap of 871.33M.

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,974,880 shares out of a total float 98,598,000 and some 272,193 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 117 percent lower than the average. 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.

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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) 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 Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) have ranged from $7.57 – 16.180, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $8.84 and 200-day MA of $10.52. Today’s last price is 47.19%% lower than the 52 week high of $16.18.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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