CBS Corporation (CBS) stock slips, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Pivotal Research Analysts

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened significantly lower in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 58 points lower, or 0.29% to 19895, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.28% to 2268, while the Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.38% to 5542.

Pivotal Research analysts reiterated its Hold rating on CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the stock, CBS Corporation has a 52-week high of $66.88. The one-year price target of $66.97 is higher than the opening price of $62.64, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) shares last traded at $62.37, which is a dip of $0.61 from the previous closing price. Opening at $62.64, they varied from $62.10 and $62.81 throughout the day.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) currently has a market cap of 26.80B.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) Average Daily Trading Volume

416,793 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 69 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 387,471,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases 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 have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) 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.

With that in mind, CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) now has a 50-day MA of $63.10 and 200-day MA of $56.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $41.36 – 66.88 and today’s last price is 6.74%% lower than the 52 week high of $66.88.

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

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