HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) Stock Gets Downgraded at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. downgraded shares of HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) from Outperform to Market Perform in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Market Perform on the stock, HNI Corp. has a 52-week high of $56.96. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $56.00, above the opening price of $46.50. considerable and fundamental digressions in the company’s actions, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

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 HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) opened at $46.50 yesterday trading between $40.96 and $47.46, and last traded at $40.97, which represents a drop of $13.24 from the previous closing price.

HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) currently has a market cap of 1.82B.

1,954,424 shares traded hands yesterday, 59 percent higher than the average, out of a total float 43,839,000. Considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors may be on the horizon as the combination of large gains in trading volume and price appreciation can be deciding factors.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship commonly 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 taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) have ranged from $29.84 – 56.96, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $53.59 and 200-day MA of $46.32. Today’s last price is 0.28% below the 52 week high of $56.96.

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 at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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