United States Steel Corporation (X) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) 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.

Analysts at Credit Suisse Group downgraded shares of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) from Outperform to Neutral in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and United States Steel Corporation has earned a consensus one-year price target of $30.80, less than the opening price of $33.90, a difference of 9.24 percent. United States Steel Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $39.14. Downgrades occur when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, usually caused by a considerable and major digression in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Shares of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) opened at $33.90 yesterday and traded in a range between, $32.83 and $34.20, and last traded at $33.34, which represents a dip of $1.86 over the previous closing price.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) currently has a market cap of 5.75B.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) Average Daily Trading Volume

5,146,430 shares traded hands yesterday, 110 percent below the average, out of a total float 168,002,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial 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.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) now has a 50-day MA of $34.91 and 200-day MA of $24.03. It has traded in a 52-week range between $6.15 – 39.14 and today’s last price is 14.82%% lower than the 52 week high of $39.14.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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