Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (LNCE) shares fall following downgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) 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 Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $40.33, above the opening price of $38.30. Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $39.10. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often because of an important and crucial change in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry.

Yesterday Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) shares last traded at $38.07, which is a decrease of $0.20 from the previous closing price. Opening at $38.30, they varied from $38.01 and $38.37 throughout the day.

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) now has a market cap of 3.66B.

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 531,741 shares out of a total float 84,411,000 and some 46,831 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 91 percent below normal. 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.

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 professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) 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.

Trades for Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCE) have ranged from $27.93 – 39.10, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $37.93 and 200-day MA of $35.52. Today’s last price is 2.63%% below the 52 week high of $39.10.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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