Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL) Shares Active after Upgrade at Seaport Global Securities

Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) shares fell back in value on Monday January 23 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Analysts at Seaport Global Securities upgraded shares of Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) from Neutral to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $96.55. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $97.65, higher than the opening price of $91.63, a difference of 10.73 percent. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) opened at $91.63 yesterday and traded in a range between, $90.90 and $91.70, and last traded at $91.01, which is a drop of $0.39 compared to the previous closing price.

Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) currently has a market cap of 12.00B.

Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) Average Daily Trading Volume

190,927 shares traded hands yesterday, 31 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 131,459,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) 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 Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) have ranged from $76.03 – 96.55, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $92.95 and 200-day MA of $86.70. Today’s last price is 5.74%% under the 52 week high of $96.55.

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

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