Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) from Strong-Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Hold on the shares, Matador Resources Co. has a 52-week high of $28.25. The one-year price target of $26.88 is above the opening price of $20.90, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Material and integral changes in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly 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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) shares last traded at $20.55, a decrease of $0.45 over the previous closing price. Opening at $20.90, they fluctuated from $20.45 and $20.96 throughout the day.

Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) now has a market cap of 1.92B.

195,169 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 91 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 81,962,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

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 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.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

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

Trades for Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR) have ranged from $11.13 – 28.25, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.53 and 200-day MA of $21.41. Today’s last price is 0.27% below the 52 week high of $28.25.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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