Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (PCBK) shares fall following downgrade at DA Davidson

Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) shares fell in early trading yesterday heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19,883, while the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.13% dipped less than 1 point to 2,268. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.02% which reached its fourth-straight record close on Tuesday, rose 1 point to 5,553.

Shares of Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) were downgraded by analysts at DA Davidson in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) has a 52-week high of $26.15. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $25.37, less than the opening price of $26.00, a difference of 9.74 percent. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation, usually due to an important and integral change in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

Shares of Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) opened at $26.00 yesterday trading between $25.75 and $26.15, and last traded at $26.05, which is a drop of $0.10 compared to the previous closing price.

Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) now has a market cap of 588.81M.

Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) Average Daily Trading Volume

91,762 shares traded hands yesterday, 34 percent above the norm, out of a total float 19,707,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) (NASDAQ: PCBK) have ranged from $13.60 – 26.15, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $20.63 and 200-day MA of $17.35. Today’s last price is 0.38%% lower than the 52 week high of $26.15.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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