Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) stock slips after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) 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.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) from Strong-Buy to Strong Sell in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Strong Sell on the shares, Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has a 52-week high of $59.76. The one-year price target of $31.89 is less than the opening price of $56.96, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Downgrades occur when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, usually because of a considerable and major change in the company’s operations, future vision or industry.

Shares of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) opened at $56.96 yesterday trading between $56.69 and $57.00, and last traded at $56.86, a drop of $0.10 over the previous closing price.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) currently has a market cap of 18.76B.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) Average Daily Trading Volume

86,921 shares traded hands yesterday, 83 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 192,723,000. 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.

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 commonly 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. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) 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 Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) have ranged from $33.16 – 59.7600, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $54.55 and 200-day MA of $49.39. Today’s last price is 4.85%% lower than the 52 week high of $59.76.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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