Hydrogenics Corporation (HYGS) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) 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.

Shares of Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $9.50, higher than the opening price of $4.80, a difference of 19.79 percent. Hydrogenics Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $10.33. Downgrades happen when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, usually because of a material and integral change in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry.

Yesterday Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) shares last traded at $4.80, which represents a drop of $0.05 from the previous closing price. Opening at $4.80, they fluctuated from $4.65 and $4.80 throughout the day.

Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) now has a market cap of 60.21M.

Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 60,021 shares out of a total float 7,381,000 and some 12,768 shares traded hands yesterday, 99 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks 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 professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) 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 Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) have ranged from $3.90 – 10.33, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $4.61 and 200-day MA of $5.79. Today’s last price is 53.53%% below the 52 week high of $10.33.

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

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