Pacific Continental Corp. (NASDAQ: PCBK) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Pacific Continental Corp. (NASDAQ: PCBK) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $18.00 is above the opening price of $16.45, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Pacific Continental Corp. stock has a high of $17.12. Important and integral digressions in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original 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

Shares of Pacific Continental Corp. (NASDAQ: PCBK) opened at $16.45 yesterday trading between $16.40 and $16.58, and last traded at $16.48, which represents a spike of $0.02 compared to the previous closing price.

Pacific Continental Corp. (NASDAQ: PCBK) now has a market cap of 325.17M.

1,878 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 33 percent below the norm, out of a total float 17,697,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

By marking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders are able to make make educated trades.

With that in mind, Pacific Continental Corp. (NASDAQ: PCBK) now has a 50-day MA of $15.93 and 200-day MA of $16.07. It has traded in a 52-week range between $12.80 – 17.12 and today’s last price is 0.04% lower than the 52 week high of $17.12.

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

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