Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) Stock Gets Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $63.55 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $65.10, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Amphenol Corp. stock has a high of $65.18. Downgrades are more common when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation, often caused by a considerable and fundamental change in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) opened at $65.10 yesterday trading between $64.11 and $65.18, and last traded at $64.13, which is a spike of $0.37 over the previous closing price.

Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) now has a market cap of 19.80B.

2,621,938 shares traded hands yesterday, 72 percent above normal, out of a total float 307,279,000. Heavy volume aggregation by institutional investors may be on the horizon as the combination of substantial gains in trading volume and price appreciation can be determining components.

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

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Traders are able to make make more impactful choices on trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) have ranged from $44.50 – 65.18, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $61.36 and 200-day MA of $58.51. Today’s last price is 0.02% below the 52 week high of $65.18.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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