Wabash National Corporation (WNC) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) shares rose 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 Piper Jaffray Companies downgraded shares of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) from Overweight to Neutral in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, Wabash National Corporation has a 52-week high of $20.78. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $16.25, a decrease compared to the opening price of $19.84, a difference of 7.86 percent. Material and fundamental changes in the company’s actions, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

Shares of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) opened at $19.84 yesterday and traded in a range between, $19.80 and $20.78, and last traded at $20.68, which represents a spike of $0.48 over the previous closing price.

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) currently has a market cap of 1.28B.

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,380,500 shares out of a total float 60,945,000 and some 499,506 shares traded hands yesterday, 3 percent below the average. 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.

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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) 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 Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) have ranged from $10.50 – 20.780, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $16.61 and 200-day MA of $14.22. Today’s last price is 0.51%% below the 52 week high of $20.78.

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 grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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