Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) stock Holds On after being downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) shares rose 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 Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Strong Sell on the stock, Newmont Mining Corporation has a 52-week high of $46.07. The one-year price target of $41.18 is higher than the opening price of $35.65, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Important and fundamental changes in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

Shares of Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) opened at $35.65 yesterday trading between $35.57 and $36.17, and last traded at $35.80, which is a spike of $0.44 compared to the previous closing price.

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) currently has a market cap of 19.00B.

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,111,215 shares traded hands yesterday, 33 percent below the norm, out of a total float 529,099,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much 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 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 researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) have ranged from $16.05 – 46.07, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $33.12 and 200-day MA of $37.75. Today’s last price is 22.29%% below the 52 week high of $46.07.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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