Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) stock falls, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) 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 and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) had its Hold rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group LLC in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $84.81 is above the opening price of $83.93, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Polaris Industries Inc. stock has a high of $104.25. Usually, after analysts assign a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) shares last traded at $83.64, a decrease of $0.80 over the previous closing price. Opening at $83.93, they ranged from $82.63 and $83.93 throughout the day.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) currently has a market cap of 5.32B.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) Average Daily Trading Volume

95,743 shares traded hands yesterday, 49 percent below the norm, out of a total float 58,910,000. 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.

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 retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) 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 Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) have ranged from $70.14 – 104.2500, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $84.11 and 200-day MA of $84.33. Today’s last price is 19.77%% under the 52 week high of $104.25.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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