South State Corporation (SSB) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) 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 Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, South State Corporation has a 52-week high of $92.05. The one-year price target of $92.44 is higher than the opening price of $86.90, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Downgrades occur when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation, often because of a considerable and fundamental change in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

Shares of South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) opened at $86.90 yesterday and traded in a range between, $86.60 and $87.15, and last traded at $86.80, which represents a decrease of $0.55 compared to the previous closing price.

South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) now has a market cap of 2.09B.

South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) Average Daily Trading Volume

4,477 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 49 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 23,305,000. 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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) 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 South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) have ranged from $59.19 – 92.05, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $87.49 and 200-day MA of $79.18. Today’s last price is 5.70%% lower than the 52 week high of $92.05.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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