Oceaneering International, Inc. (OII) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) 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 Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) from Hold to Sell in a research note to investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $28.97 is above the opening price of $28.50, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Oceaneering International, Inc. stock has a high of $36.92. Downgrades happen when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation, usually due to a material and integral change in the company’s procedures, future vision or industry.

Yesterday Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) shares last traded at $27.97, which represents a dip of $0.43 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $28.50, they fluctuated from $27.96 and $28.50 throughout the day.

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) now has a market cap of 2.74B.

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,722,040 shares out of a total float 97,313,000 and some 54,038 shares traded hands yesterday, 41 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 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.

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) have ranged from $22.47 – 36.92, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $28.49 and 200-day MA of $27.44. Today’s last price is 24.24%% below the 52 week high of $36.92.

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

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