Rockwell Collins, Inc. (COL) stock starts with “Sector Perform” rating in note to investors by RBC Capital Markets

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) shares closed lower in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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.

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage on Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) stock, rating the company at Sector Perform. With a rating of Sector Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $96.55. The one-year price target of $96.07 is above the opening price of $90.45, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Price changes targets are not unusual.

Yesterday Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) shares last traded at $90.32, which is a drop of $0.22 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $90.45, they ranged from $90.14 and $90.70 throughout the day.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) currently has a market cap of 11.76B.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) Average Daily Trading Volume

89,958 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 45 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 129,821,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional 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.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) now has a 50-day MA of $93.47 and 200-day MA of $86.44. It has traded in a 52-week range between $76.03 – 96.55 and today’s last price is 6.45%% lower than the 52 week high of $96.55.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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