Wabco Holdings Inc. (WBC) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 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.

Analysts at BMO Capital Markets downgraded shares of Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) from to Market Perform in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $118.27 is higher than the opening price of $105.72, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Wabco Holdings Inc. stock has a high of $115.15. Material and integral changes in the company’s actions, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation.

Yesterday Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) shares last traded at $106.31, which represents a drop of $0.34 over the previous closing price. Opening at $105.72, they ranged from $103.79 and $106.87 throughout the day.

Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) currently has a market cap of 5.86B.

Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) Average Daily Trading Volume

53,156 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 20 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 48,429,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) 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 Wabco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) have ranged from $81.66 – 115.15, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $106.66 and 200-day MA of $103.04. Today’s last price is 7.68%% below the 52 week high of $115.15.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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