United Technologies Corporation (UTX) stock coverage initiated with “Sector Perform” in note to investors by RBC Capital Markets

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) shares closed lower in early trading today on lighter 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 United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) stock, starting the company at Sector Perform. With a rating of Sector Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $112.83. The one-year price target of $116.05 is above the opening price of $111.14, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Price changes targets are not uncommon.

Yesterday United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) shares last traded at $110.60, which represents a decrease of $0.40 over the previous closing price. Opening at $111.14, they varied from $110.47 and $111.14 throughout the day.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) now has a market cap of 91.07B.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) Average Daily Trading Volume

187,344 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 15 percent below normal, out of a total float 764,400,000. 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) now has a 50-day MA of $109.72 and 200-day MA of $105.49. It has traded in a 52-week range between $83.39 – 112.83 and today’s last price is 1.98%% lower than the 52 week high of $112.83.

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

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