GATX Corporation (GATX) shares fall following downgrade at Stifel Nicolaus

GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) 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.

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.

Shares of GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) were downgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Sell on the stock, GATX Corporation has a 52-week high of $64.46. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and GATX Corporation has earned a consensus one-year price target of $51.83, a decrease compared to the opening price of $57.83, a difference of 9.16 percent. Material and major digressions in the company’s operations, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation.

Shares of GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) opened at $57.83 yesterday and traded in a range between, $56.47 and $57.87, and last traded at $56.60, which represents a drop of $2.74 compared to the previous closing price.

GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) now has a market cap of 2.26B.

GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 450,344 shares out of a total float 39,394,000 and some 214,818 shares traded hands yesterday, 60 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) 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, GATX Corporation (NYSE: GATX) now has a 50-day MA of $59.90 and 200-day MA of $48.41. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.53 – 64.46 and today’s last price is 12.19%% lower than the 52 week high of $64.46.

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

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