Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $72.50. The one-year price target of $71.50 is above the opening price of $68.13, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Important and major 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 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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) shares last traded at $67.80, a decrease of $0.05 from the previous closing price. Opening at $68.13, they varied from $67.70 and $68.42 throughout the day.

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) now has a market cap of 3.00B.

23,310 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 63 percent below normal, out of a total float 43,738,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So 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 investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Traders are able to make make more useful choices on trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) now has a 50-day MA of $63.44 and 200-day MA of $56.51. It has traded in a 52-week range between $39.28 – 72.50 and today’s last price is 0.06% lower than the 52 week high of $72.50.

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

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