Canadian National Railway Company (CNI) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) shares fell back in value on Wednesday January 18 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $69.75 is lower than the opening price of $69.84, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Canadian National Railway Company stock has a high of $71.57. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) opened at $69.84 yesterday and traded in a range between, $69.61 and $70.27, and last traded at $70.23, a dip of $0.07 from the previous closing price.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) now has a market cap of 53.82B.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) Average Daily Trading Volume

134,535 shares traded hands yesterday, 96 percent below the average, out of a total float 664,895,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) 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.

With that in mind, Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE: CNI) now has a 50-day MA of $68.33 and 200-day MA of $64.97. It has traded in a 52-week range between $46.23 – 71.57 and today’s last price is 1.87%% lower than the 52 week high of $71.57.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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