Nielsen N.V. (NLSN) stock slips after being downgraded at Barclays PLC

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) 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 Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) were downgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Equal Weight on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $55.94. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $49.06, higher than the opening price of $41.94, a difference of 11.76 percent. considerable and major digressions in the company’s operations, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation.

Shares of Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) opened at $41.94 yesterday and traded in a range between, $41.48 and $41.96, and last traded at $41.72, which represents a dip of $0.64 from the previous closing price.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) now has a market cap of 14.91B.

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,085,910 shares out of a total float 350,874,000 and some 145,782 shares traded hands yesterday, 27 percent lower than the average. 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.

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.

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

Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) have ranged from $41.00 – 55.94, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $42.69 and 200-day MA of $49.38. Today’s last price is 25.42%% lower than the 52 week high of $55.94.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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