Iamgold Corporation (IAG) stock Holds On after being downgraded at Credit Suisse Group

Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) 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, in early trading today the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.19% rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 19,929 while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.31% added 5 points to 2,275, a rise of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.53% climbed 19 points, or 0.3%, to 5,567.

Shares of Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) were downgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse Group in a note to their investors today. Credit Suisse Group currently has a rating of Underperform on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $5.18, above the opening price of $4.34, a difference of 11.83 percent. Iamgold Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $5.87. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation, often because of a material and fundamental change in the company’s operations, future direction or industry.

Yesterday Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) shares last traded at $4.38, a drop of $0.08 from the previous closing price. Opening at $4.34, they varied from $4.31 and $4.41 throughout the day.

Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) currently has a market cap of 1.97B.

Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,139,977 shares traded hands yesterday, 13 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 446,449,000. 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Iamgold Corporation (NYSE: IAG) have ranged from $1.15 – 5.87, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $3.85 and 200-day MA of $4.17. Today’s last price is 25.38%% lower than the 52 week high of $5.87.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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