Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) Stock Downgraded at Morgan Stanley

Analysts at Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) from Equal Weight to Underweight in a research note to investors today. For comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company currently has a consensus one-year price target of $11.60, higher than the opening price of $10.09, a difference of percent. Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. has 52-week high of $14.20.

Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Downgrades occur when analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, usually due to a material and fundamental change in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry.

U.S. stocks finished sharply lower on Tuesday as equities slid amid a slump in energy shares and continued uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s plans for monetary policy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.41% closed 258.05 points, or 1.4%, lower at 18,066.89, and was down nearly 300 points at its lowest.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -1.48% gave up 32.02 points, or 1.5%, at 2,127.02.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -1.09% fell 56.63 points, or 1.1%, at 5,155.25.

In early action today stocks are moving up with the Dow being led by Apple.

Apple Inc. AAPL, is up +2.69% and climbed 0.9%.

Shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) opened at $10.09 and traded in a range between, $9.70 and $10.18 yesterday, and last traded at $9.80, which represents a change of $ -0.35 over the previous closing price.

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) currently has a market cap of 13.02B

By spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number ofsuccessfultrades.

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, or a 200-day moving average may act as a support level.

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.

With that in mind Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) now has a 50-day MA is $11.58 and 200-day MA is $11.10, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $3.52 – 14.20 and yesterday’s last price was -30.99 percent off the 52 week high of $14.20.

The stocks average daily volume is 32,389,400 shares out of a total float 1,204,929,000 of and some 48,088,712 shares traded hands yesterday, 84 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies who have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25 percent over a 3 year period.

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