Anixter International Inc. (AXE) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) shares fell on Thursday February 2 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Analysts at Imperial Capital downgraded shares of Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) from Outperform to In-Line in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of In-Line on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $77.00, a decrease compared to the opening price of $82.00, a difference of 9.37 percent. Anixter International Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $88.00. Downgrades happen when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, usually caused by a considerable and major digression in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry.

Shares of Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) opened at $82.00 yesterday and traded in a range between, $81.45 and $82.80, and last traded at $82.20, which is a drop of $1.65 from the previous closing price.

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) now has a market cap of 2.72B.

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) Average Daily Trading Volume

38,726 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 104 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 28,249,000. 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.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) 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 Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) have ranged from $37.60 – 88.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $81.52 and 200-day MA of $69.40. Today’s last price is 6.59%% lower than the 52 week high of $88.00.

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 3 consecutive years.

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