Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) Shares Downgraded at Gabelli

Analysts at Gabelli downgraded shares of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Hold on the shares, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has a 52-week high of $22.35. The one-year price target of $20.25 is lower than the opening price of $22.02, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Downgrades happen when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, usually due to a material and crucial change in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) opened at $22.02 yesterday trading between $21.91 and $22.16, and last traded at $21.95, which represents a drop of $0.09 from the previous closing price.

Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) now has a market cap of 906.60M.

519,872 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 68 percent higher than the norm, out of a total float 23,499,000. Considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of large increases in trading volume and price inflation can be determining factors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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 taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

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

Trades for Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE) have ranged from $10.62 – 22.35, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $17.92 and 200-day MA of $16.23. Today’s last price is 0.02% under the 52 week high of $22.35.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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