KCAP Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: KCAP) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of KCAP Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: KCAP) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Hold on the shares, KCAP Financial Inc. has a 52-week high of $5.48. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and KCAP Financial Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $5.00, above the opening price of $4.52. Material and crucial changes in the company’s actions, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

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

Yesterday KCAP Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: KCAP) shares last traded at $4.60, a spike of $0.11 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $4.52, they fluctuated from $4.47 and $4.60 throughout the day.

KCAP Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: KCAP) now has a market cap of 168.92M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 153,131 shares out of a total float 33,807,000 and some 30,463 shares traded hands yesterday, 82 percent below the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders can make the best trades.

With that in mind, KCAP Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: KCAP) now has a 50-day MA of $4.26 and 200-day MA of $3.76. It has traded in a 52-week range between $2.62 – 5.48 and today’s last price is 0.16% lower than the 52 week high of $5.48.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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